NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A happy heart just might be a healthier one as well, new research suggests.
In a study of nearly 3,000 healthy British adults, lead by Dr. Andrew Steptoe of University College London, found that those who reported upbeat moods had lower levels of cortisol -- a "stress" hormone that, when chronically elevated, may contribute to high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and dampened immune function, among other problems.
In the study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who reported more positive emotions had lower blood levels of two proteins that indicate widespread inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to a range of ills over time, including heart disease and cancer....
No wonder the positive preaching of people like Joel Osteen are so popular! It's actually healthier than hearing someone run on about negative stuff like sin. I've heard other Christians tell me how much they enjoy him, and others tell how listening to John MacArthur makes them feel bad.
I marvel at how we as fundameltalists seem to believe we must be unhappy in order to be spiritual. There is nothing wrong with being happy. We should live out life in such a way as to cause others to want what we have. Having a long sour face has never attracted anyone to Jesus.