Saturday, June 2, 2012

Take Your Medicine!

A cheerful heart is good medicine. –Proverbs 17:22

One spring years ago, I was talking to the child psychologist who worked with my autistic son. I was going over several therapeutic program options for the summer. One option I dismissed quickly by saying, “This one would just be fun.” The doctor leaned forward until he was sure I was paying attention and said slowly and deliberately, “Fun...is...good.”

I guess all those years of training paid off for him, because that was one of the smartest things I ever heard.

Click here to read the rest at Growing Old with Grace.

related post: Fun is Good!

38 comments:

  1. I will read the res of the article, but wanted first to say that I totally agree. fun is good, laughter is good, so is Love, better than any medicine

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    1. Nikky, Fun and love--great combination! Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Yes! That is one smart doctor there.
    Thanks for reminding us all to put a little fun in our lives each day.
    Blessings, Galen!

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    1. Martha, Hope you have a fun day today! Thanks for your comment.

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    1. Linda, Yes indeed! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Galen - Thank you for pointing your bloggy friends to my blog for the "rest of the story!" It was great FUN having you guest host today! I am so excited to meet your readers!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ (Pat)

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    1. Pat, It was fun to write about fun for your blog, so fun all around! I have wonderful readers, so I'm glad to introduce y'all to each other.

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  5. FUN IS GOOD......MY FRIEND!!!!


    LOL

    JO

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    1. Jo, I know from your blog that you already know all about fun! Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Just letting you know I left you a comment over there on the full article.

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  7. So true! Fun is good...it inspires interest and passion and just is plain old good for our spirits!

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    1. Jessica, Interesting, isn't it, that kids already know this?! Thanks for commenting.

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  8. Hi, Galen! --

    I left a comment on your original post -- WONDERFUL!

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  9. need to write that on my medicine cabinet in red lipstick!!

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    1. I love that image! I'll go buy some red lipstick and do the same!

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  10. A lovely article, laughter and love, this is all we need after all. Thanks!

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  11. If it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing!

    I love fun but I also had to learn how to have it, make it, watch for it and share it in order to enjoy it fully...

    Great post!

    Best regards,
    Mary

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    1. Mary, Love your philosophy! Thanks for your comment.

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  12. Gorgeous read over at Grace's, Galen! The little things are always the big things :D Hugs to you and thanks for brightening my day!

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    1. Vidya, A visit from you always brightens my day!

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  13. Ah yes Galen...a cheerful heart is indeed good medicine! It is so important to be able to 'stop and smell the flowers' from time to time. Our world has become far too hurried and we need those moments to recharge...Great post! Loved the mental picture of you and your grandson on the quilt in the grass...simply beautiful! Big hugs to you sweetie...xoxo

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    1. Mitzi, I know my world often feels too hurried, so those moments of stopping and being present are precious to me. Thanks and hugs back to you, too.

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  14. I love this one! I will need to send it to my sweet son and daughter in law for our blind granddaughter. She has so much therapy and I think she needs more time for fun. I guess some of the therapy is fun. I liked the thought; fun is good.

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    1. LeAnn, My heart goes out to your son and his family. I know what that's like! I hope they can find space and time and energy for fun, too. Thanks for commenting.

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  15. I love it...fun is good! Now how's that for simple, powerful, and clear? I'm in for an evening of fun!

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  16. Yep Fun IS GOOD...and I am not much of a good player - just so intense and serious...
    I love to laugh, I just do not do it often enough.
    Thank you for these good words :)

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    1. Patricia, I have to remind myself often that it really is okay to have fun. Better than okay. It's good for me! Thanks for commenting.

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  17. Hi Galen,

    Great reminder. Sometimes we skip the idea of just plain fun for something much more complicated. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cathy, Fun really is so simple, isn't it?! Thanks for commenting.

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