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Finding Happiness in Overcoming Disease and Chronic Pain: Balancing Happiness and Holiness through Scripture

In our pursuit of happiness, we often overlook its close connection with healing, especially when it comes to diseases and chronic pain. As Overcomers in Him, our journey towards joy and contentment is rooted in finding a harmonious balance between happiness and holiness. This post explores the link between happiness and healing, and how we can integrate this understanding through the teachings of Scripture.

1. Understanding the Connection between Happiness and Healing:

Numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between happiness and physical well-being. When we experience happiness, our bodies release endorphins and serotonin, which boost our immune system, reduce pain, and promote healing. Conversely, chronic pain and illness can dim our joy, affecting our overall well-being. Recognizing the interplay between happiness and healing highlights the significance of finding emotional and spiritual contentment in our lives.

2. The Power of Positive Thinking:

Scripture encourages believers to cultivate positive and uplifting thoughts. Philippians 4:8 states, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things." By focusing on God's goodness and the positives in our circumstances, we can develop a positive mindset that impacts our physical health positively.

3. Gratitude and Contentment:

Expressing gratitude and finding contentment in the midst of pain and illness can bring about profound healing effects. Rejoicing in the Lord, despite our circumstances, embodies the spirit of gratefulness. Psalm 118:24 reminds us, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Cultivating a heart of gratitude helps us find happiness even amidst suffering, allowing us to experience inner healing and peace.

4. Self-Care and Rest:

Assessing and practicing self-care is crucial for Overcomers seeking a balanced life. Jesus recognized the importance of rest and self-care, often retreating to solitary places to recharge. Mark 6:31 states, "Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place, and get some rest.'" Prioritizing rest, setting boundaries, and engaging in activities that bring joy can significantly contribute to overall healing and happiness.

5. Supporting Scripture:

Throughout the Bible, we find both guidance and encouragement when it comes to experiencing happiness and healing. Verses such as Psalm 147:3, Isaiah 53:5, and Jeremiah 30:17 speak of God's healing power and His desire for restoration. By regularly immersing ourselves in the Word, we find solace, wisdom, and strength to navigate our journey towards happiness and holiness.


As Overcomers in Him, finding happiness in the midst of disease and chronic pain is a key part of our healing journey. Through the integration of positive thinking, gratitude, self-care, and the wisdom within Scripture, we can harmonize happiness and holiness. Remember, true joy is not found in the absence of pain, although that is our desire, but in the presence of a Savior who offers us healing, hope, and a life marked by happiness and holiness.

Love & blessings!  

Connie Dunn, BSN, RN, NC-BC, BC-MHC

Trauma Informed Positive Psychology Nurse Coach & Narcissistic Abuse Specialist


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