increasing number of doctors, today, all over the world, are of
the view that if a man is happy and light-hearted, cheerful and
contented, positive and uncomplaining, disease will not draw
close to him and, even if it does, it will not stay with him for
says Dr Bradley Wilde [USA], “provides a rhythmic movement of
the abdominal muscles, gently massages the intestinal organs,
improves digestion and blood circulation.”
the Harvard and Yale Universities of America and at the
University of California Los Angeles’s Neuro-psychiatric
Institute at West Los Angeles, neurobiologists and medical
researchers have confirmed that smiling, laughing and cheerful
expressions set in motion happy waves in the mind and generate
neuropeptides that revitalise the immune system. This helps
prevent and fight disease. People who do not think of negative
emotions such as jealousy, envy or greed, are healthier than
those who live cloistered, unhappy lives.
modern hospitals and clinics display messages like: ‘Laugh
your way to health’, ‘Laughter may be hazardous to your
illness’ and ‘Cheerfulness is the new wonder drug’.
are of the view that our blood molecules contain receptors that
get signals from the brain. If a person is happy and content,
the receptors transmit signals of happiness, and healing is
accelerated. Modern science has discovered that the more you
laugh, the healthier you become. Jolly physicians, it is said,
are more effective than pills.
is the greatest lubricant of the wheels of life. It
diminishes pain, fights disease, mitigates misfortunes, lightens
burdens and eases one’s life.
young girl, suffering from a dreaded disease, was brought to a
hospital. When she was being prepared to be taken to the
operation theatre, she found the nurses sad and glum. “I know
what you are thinking,” she said to the nurses. “But, let me
tell you, I am not going to die so soon. God has other plans for
me. I have spoken to Him and that is what He has told me.”
When she was taken to the operation theatre, she kidded the
doctors, until she came under the influence of the anesthesia.
The doctors opened her up and found that cancer had spread so
extensively, that it was no use performing the operation. So
they stitched her up.
she regained consciousness, she was told that she has only 3 –
6 months to live. She was advised to restrict her movements and
live a relaxed, activity-free life.
young woman was not taken in. “I have long cherished a desire
to visit Switzerland,” she said. “And even if it takes the
life out of me, I will do it! Switzerland is known as the heaven
on earth. Before I visit God’s heaven, let me see the beauty
of the earthly heaven to be able to compare the two and decide
which one is better.”
doctors did all they could to dissuade her. “The strain of the
trip will kill you,” they said to her. But she remained
adamant and both the travel and the climate did her good. When
she set out, she had to be taken in a wheel chair; when she
returned, she walked with a straight gait, and a rose-tint on
her cheeks. The doctors were amazed. Till this day she lives a
happy life and bears testimony to the fact that if you live
happily, not focusing your attention on disease and illness,
health and strength, vigour and vitality will be yours.
would be no need for hospitals if only people could be happy and
is therapeutic. Few practical suggestions on how a person
can keep up the spirit of cheerfulness.
up in the morning with a smile on your face and the words,
“Good morning, Lord!” on your lips. These words are from
the title of a book written several years ago by an American
businessman. He has been waking up this way for many years
and says that doing merely this much has added a new
dimension to his life
look at the bright side of things. Everything has two sides,
the bright and the dark or as I wish to put it, the bright
and the less bright. But it is the way you look at it that
a hearty laugh at least three times a day—once before
breakfast, once before lunch and once before dinner. If you
find it difficult to laugh, look into the mirror and make
Cheerfulness is indeed a physical, mental
and spiritual tonic.