Christmas cheer all year

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 be more cheerful and respond to the cheerfulness of others. People wish each other a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and take treats and cards to neighbors they barely know. Habitual cheerfulness can be extremely annoying if it’s rote, fake, or forced, but when it’s sincere, cheerfulness has an amazing effect on the emotional environment of everyone around it.

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