God's Keys to Long, Healthy Life (Part 3)

While I was talking to a group of doctors and nurses last week, this verse came up to us as effective medicine in the context of hospital-based health care. It says in Proverbs 17:22, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones." The truth of this biblical verse is borne out by many medical and scientific studies. Positive emotions assist in the speedy recovery of sick, clinical patients. They also assist in the prevention of illness.... The ability to manage emotions and stress is one of the essential elements of physical healing. As Proverbs 18: 14 also tells us, "The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?" ... Faith in God and knowledge of His purposes in life can bring positive emotions and strong reasons to live. They spark overall wellness that includes mental, spiritual, and physical health.