“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” ~Voltaire
Upon finding this quote from Voltaire, I realized I really didn’t remember anything about him. So I searched for him and found a wealth of information that only the internet can produce in mere seconds. I liked this quote and thought of many reasons why being happy is so health-giving.
Here is just a tiny glimpse into the man, Voltaire.
Voltaire (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. He was also a vegetarian, an animal rights activist and a deist. (Wikipedia)
While the life expectancy was between 40-50 years old during the 18th century, Voltaire lived to be 83 years old! Even though he regularly stirred things up with the government and the established church, was imprisoned and exiled, he still lived two times longer than most of his contemporaries.
Voltaire must have enjoyed sifting and sorting through all the contrast life was showing him, because he certainly was not pleased with the church nor his government and wrote about his desire for improvements. He must have desired more freedom, because he wrote so much about it.
I don’t know why he became a vegetarian, but it could have been his love for animals. He was a deist, so that contradicted the established church of his day and he desired freedom of religion and tolerance between religions and races.
He must have loved other cultures in that he learned Latin, and became fluent in Italian, Spanish and English—besides his native French.
Now that we have a little insight into Voltaire, let’s discuss his quote, “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.”
As soon as I read this quote my mind thought of some Scriptures that talk about being happy and thoughts that make us feel good. (Emphasis mine.)
Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Proverbs 15:13, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
Luke 6:XX, “A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
I Thessalonians 5:18, “ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Why is it so important for us to be happy?
How in the world do we get happy when so much pain and suffering and injustice is happening in our world all around us?
It all comes down to a decision! Happiness is a choice.
What made Voltaire choose to be happy? And, how did he know it was good for his health?
Voltaire’s quote states that he had chosen to be happy because it was good for his health. He didn’t say he was in good health and then chose to be happy about it!! Voltaire chose to be happy first and good health was his reward.
Did he possibly see the contrast of unhappiness in other people and recognized the outcome of a shorter life-span? He wasn’t free from disease. He suffered from smallpox, yet recovered in about a month. Smallpox was a deadly disease. Yet, Voltaire recovered to live to the ripe old age of 83. Do you think this was when he chose to be happy for his health’s sake?
Maybe he chose to be happy when he was imprisoned? Or, in exile? Or, when he lost his lover during childbirth?
Even though he was opposed to religious dogma, he was trained by the Jesuits and knew Latin. He was taught theology and knew Scripture. I would assume he knew the Scriptures that I quoted above and more.
He was quite impressed with Hinduism. He thought they were a peaceful lot. Maybe he chose to be happy from studying Hinduism?
No matter what caused Voltaire to come to the conclusion that choosing to be happy was beneficial for his health, he made the decision and the outcome provided him with a long life. There was no mention of illness after the smallpox incidence. I can only assume that he lived a healthy life, since he lived as long as he did during a time when others were dying all around him at a much younger age.
Voltaire must have experienced the benefits of health as he continued choosing to be happy.
The life-span statistics for 2012 in the United States was 78.74 years. Compared to Voltaire’s time, if we lived two times the expectation rate of people in the U.S., we would live to be about 157 years old!! He lived longer than what the average U.S. life-span statistics were in 2012! How did he accomplish such a long life?
How does happiness benefit the body with health?
Because everything is energy and energy is always in motion, it is in constant vibration. Our thoughts either feel good or they feel bad. Those two vibrational qualities are vastly different and our body interprets both and responds.
When we vibrate with good feeling thoughts of happiness, our cells are responding with healthy vibrations. The cells are humming along and happily getting all that is required for them to maintain good health. Our vibrations are in alignment with health and well-being.
Remember the merry heart verse? A happy heart is good medicine—it’s health-giving vitality.
When we vibrate with bad feeling thoughts, our cells also respond. The resistance in our vibrational energy field reverberates right through each and every cell of our body. This resistance holds well-being away from our cells and they begin to experience disharmony and dis-ease (uneasiness, imbalance).
This could be why the Scripture tells us that a broken spirit dries the bones. What dries out the body? Heat from inflammation! All the dis-eases are caused from some wrong thinking in some area and our bodies respond.
In his book, As A Man Thinketh, James Allen in 1902 had much to say about our thoughts and how they affect our lives: “Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being. “
Being in disharmony with ourselves and the law of our being is simply not being in alignment with who we really are—perfect expressions of Source Energy or God. If we are not in alignment with how Source thinks about us and the subjects we are thinking about, we will feel the discomfort of misalignment. In other words, we will feel bad when we are thinking thoughts that do not align with the thoughts that God is thinking at the same time about the same subjects.
When we are feeling good it is an indication that our emotions and thoughts are aligned with the thoughts of Source! And, our body absolutely loves the freedom and joy it feels as it busily hums along in blissful health. Each cell is happily carrying out its functions perfectly.
You may have all kinds of excuses why you simply cannot be happy right now. There are too many bad things happening in your life and you’re sick. Thankfully these circumstances are not permanent. Circumstances and poor health can change, but you have to do the vibrational energy work on yourself first.
Choosing to be happy before any circumstances change. Choosing to be happy before you see any improvement in your health.
I believe that Voltaire made the decision to be happy before he ever saw his health improve. We can know this because the universal law of attraction states—that which is like unto itself, is drawn—like attracts like. He couldn’t have been unhappy and attracted good health! They are on two very different vibrational levels. We can only attract what we are emitting.
Our circumstances are produced by our habitual, dominant thought patterns. The wonderful universe is matching the dominant essence of all that we are thinking and feeling. If we are suffering, it’s because our overall dominant thought patterns are that of low quality vibration—thoughts that feel bad.
To change our circumstances and health, we must change our focus of thought. It’s time to focus our attention upon health and well-being. It’s time to decide to be happy first!
“Sometimes you manufacture scenarios and put them in your own way just to prove a point. It is as if you would rather be right than happy. When you catch yourself doing that stop and say, ‘This unpleasant thought is unnecessary.’ Then choose one that feels better.” ~Abraham-Hicks
Maybe it’s time to stop trying to prove you are right about your sickness or circumstances. You say, but it’s the truth—as if it’s something permanent. Wouldn’t it be better to be happy? Maybe it’s time to tell new story about your health. The universe doesn’t know whether what you’re feeling from thoughts is real or not.
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Maybe it’s time to put your faith into action about new evidence of your unrealized, for the moment, healthy body? Just because you can’t see a healthy body in the mirror, the above verse says that’s where faith and expectation comes in to play. Faith is the substance of all the things you hope for—it’s the very evidence of all the things you desire that you don’t yet see!!! How awesome is that?!
Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.”
This scripture indicates that we are to be active in our asking, seeking and knocking. Those are action words—asking, seeking and knocking. This is focusing on the wanted (not the lack of the wanted). This indicates that there is expectation—not wavering. It is believing that we will have what we desire. It doesn’t say we may have what we want, it states that we will have whatever we request. It just depends upon our thoughts. Are we focusing on the problems or lack, or are we focusing on the desire or improvement? If we focus on the lack of health or our illness—that’s not our happy place—it doesn’t feel good and that indicates that we are not in alignment with who we really are. If we focus on the health and well-being, it feels good and that indicates alignment with the law of our being—who we really are.
When our thoughts go back and forth between our ill-health and the thoughts of improvement, we waver—and, that’s not activating our faith.
All the above Scriptures are definitive. They are not suggestions. They are not maybe’s. They emphatically state do this thing and you will receive what you desire.
So, what’s our part in all this?
First, we choose to be happy no matter the circumstances. We discipline our minds to think thoughts of well-being—thoughts that feel good. Anytime thoughts creep in that are about unpleasing conditions, stop and acknowledge those thoughts are not necessary, and reach for a better, happier thoughts that feel good. The more consistent we can think of good, pleasant things, the faster we will see improvement in our health and circumstances.
“The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expresses—Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought.” ~James Allen
Second, begin finding things to appreciate and be grateful. Every experience we have in life has some silver lining! There are positive aspects about everything we experience. We just have to look for them. We receive what we hide in our heart (seat of emotions).
James Allen says, “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears…and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.”
Third, when we are in a state of appreciation and gratitude we are in alignment with Source Within—and that feels really good! Choosing to look for things to appreciate will bring perpetual happiness. We cannot be in a state of appreciation and not be happy!
Fourth, as long as we tip the scales even just a little bit over 51 percent of the time that we are happy, the shift will occur. As we build momentum of happy thoughts of appreciation, more appreciative thoughts will be drawn to us. By law, our point of attraction will shift and we will witness changes of improvement in every area of our lives.
All is Well!!
Mary Ann Pack
YOUR Life & Wellness Coach
“What Can I Do Now?”
- Pick up a notebook and start your own Journal of Positive Aspects or a Gratitude Journal. Write in it every day with the things you appreciate. Focus with intention to really feel good when you write. If you get feeling bad, open up that journal and re-read your entries remembering the happy feeling that caused you to write them down!
- Call or email me today! Don’t wait any longer to invest in your happy life. Together, we can uncover the dreams you have hidden and create a life you love living—relationships, mentally, physically and financially. Call (903) 227-0273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Do it today!
- Buy and read James Allen’s book, As A Man Thinketh.