“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast!” Proverbs 15:15
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.” Ecclesiastes 3:12
“There is a time to weep–and a time to laugh; a time to mourn–and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4
There is a flower which is most fragrant after the sun has set, and in the darkness pours its richest aroma on the air. Just so, true religion grows in sweetness–as the shadows deepen. He misrepresents Christianity and the likeness of the Masterwhose piety is cold, dreary, cheerless, joyless, or who frowns upon innocent gladness and pure pleasures.
“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.” Proverbs 15:30
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25