According to Lauran Neegard of the Associated Press, happiness is good for your heart—literally. Neegard reports of a Harvard Review study that has concluded happiness helps ward off heart disease. We often have speculated unhappiness could have detrimental health effects. This review suggests strongly the most optimistic people had half the risk of heart attack as the least optimistic. While we may not be able to control our moods completely, these studies have indicated that asking people to smile actually puts them in a happier state of mind. Being happier is good for your heart physically and spiritually.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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