Joyce Mancinelli
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Reprinted with permission from the Sisters of St. John the Divine.

A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22

God breathed joy into us as a healthy heart song at our creation, sent Christ in love to be our conduit for understanding joy and the Holy Spirit to help us experience joy. Together they provide the medicine we need to live joyfully in the ups and downs of life.

Joy is a vaccine protecting us from unkind words, judgements and being overwhelmed by chaos. Joy
is the vitamin that provides the energy and strength to walk and endure in the good and the bad times of life. Joy opens up our clogged arteries to both our mind and emotions so we can let joy be joy and flow from us to all around us. Joy is the anti-anxiety medicine that calms our fears and our concerns so we can absorb God's beauty and see Christ in all people and all situations as we see beyond our own situation and feelings to praise God.

But for medicine to be good, it must be taken. Do you need to stop and be thankful, sing part of your heart song, talk with a joyful person or perhaps do an "attitude check"?

- Sr. Brenda Jenner, SSJD