A Cheerful Heart Is Good Medicine

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:21-23)

You have heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” If it isn’t the best, it is right up there at the top of the list.

I’m not particularly known for my sense of humor. Too often I am serious and at times even morose. Yet I soon realized after my operation that I had better find a sense of humor or otherwise go insane.

Going through a colostomy is an awful business. The procedures, tests, exams, pain and suffering beforehand, and the recovery and adjustment afterward require a certain mindset. You cannot afford to be overly serious. If you haven’t got a sense of humor, you had better develop one, because you will need humor as much as anything else to get through and live with the situation.

My little brother, who is an LPN, was gifted with the sense of humor in our family. He loved playing jokes on people, so I took it as high praise when he complimented me about having a sense of humor regarding my recovery from surgery. Being able to laugh and joke about my condition has helped me through the healing process.

Some things simply are not funny. When our health is on the line it can be very hard not to be filled with anxiety and fear about our condition. But as often as we can, we truly need to find a place for humor in our lives, we may need to laugh at our crazy health issues more than others just to keep our sanity.

I would encourage you to smile more often, to laugh more often, to try to find humor where you can, because it can improve your mood, soften your heart, and lift your spirit.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to find humor, and to smile instead of frown, even as we struggle with affliction. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. Through years of adversity he has tried to find joy and stay cheerful in spite of affliction.

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Have you found humor helpful regarding your affliction? Has laughter ever improved your state of mind?

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