We complain about blue Mondays and black Fridays. If Mondays and Fridays were eliminated, our gloom and despair wouldn’t be cured. Someone would say, “Oh, those red Tuesdays and purple Thursdays.”
Stress, strain, adversity, and sickness are facts of life. Our well-being depends upon how we react to these situations. Many are unchangeable, but we can control our attitude about them. Those who expect bad things to happen are seldom disappointed. Likewise, those looking for something good usually receive it.
Developing a cheerful spirit will make life easier, and it may take time to develop. Cheerfulness is not automatic, or an inevitable result of particular events. The same circumstances may cause one person to be glum, yet have no adverse influence on another’s cheerfulness.
Cultivating a cheerful spirit is acquired. It is as much a deliberate act as the attempt to control one’s temper or the determination to be compassionate toward people in need. The good medicine of a cheerful heart can’t be distributed in a pill and swallowed. It is the product of the will that refuses to give way to gloom and unhappiness.
The Bible records David’s many troubles and difficulties. He often passed through deep waters of adversity. One son, Adonijah, broke his heart. Absalom, another son, betrayed his father, recruited an army, and planned to overthrow the kingdom. However, he was unsuccessful.
All through these deep waters of adversity David gained strength by trusting in God. He said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1). Here is evidence of a cheerful spirit.
Being cheerful helps us physically. It is a well-known medical fact that when someone is ill the healing process is hindered when the patient is anxious, lonely, morose, or bitter. But when there is a cheerful heart, the healing process is enhanced.
Therefore, in all situations it’s best to develop a cheerful attitude. No matter what the circumstances, a smile three times a day and at bedtime should be the minimum. Give extras whenever situations demand them.
A wise man of old said, “A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs17:22). These words of wisdom give us strength for living.