Habit-forming cheer

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Prov. 17:22

Much of the energy and goodwill of this time of year happens because we tend to make a conscious effort to spread cheer, wishing strangers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and taking treats and cards to neighbors we barely know. Habitual cheerfulness can be annoying if it’s rote or forced, but when it’s sincere, cheerfulness has an amazing effect on the emotional environment of everyone around it. Consider that it takes about three weeks to develop a habit, so many of us are already well on our way to habitual cheerfulness.

Lord, help me to be good medicine to the hearts I encounter all year long.