The Healing Power of a Joyful Heart; Proverbs 17:22

 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 ESV

Biblical realism. . . . . not optimism or pessimism

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Proverbs 12:25

The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.

Proverbs 14:10

Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

Proverbs 14:13

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

Proverbs 14:30

A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Proverbs 15:13

Is having a joyful heart really that important?

– There is nothing that can happen to you outside of _all things_.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

Romans 8:28

-Your victory will be determined not by what comes _at_ you, but by what comes _from_ you.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. but take heart; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Seven suggestions to develop a joyful heart: 

1). Cultivate your relationship with God. 

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

2). Initiate a kind and forgiving spirit. 

Ephesians 4:32