The Young Wife
by William Andrus Alcott (9781459002036)

The Young Wife
William Andrus Alcott
Release Date: 05 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 178
Category: Sociology
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9781459002036
ISBN-10: 1459002032

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. CHEERFULNESS. Influence of cheerfulness. Opinion of the Journal of Health. Dr. Salgues' opinion. Interesting anecdote. Evils of a want of cheerfulness. Story of Alexis and Emilia. Reflections. The young wife also owes it to her husband and to the world, to be cheerful. She is seldom aware of the amazing importance of this quality to her own happiness, as well as to that of others. In the second volume of the Journal of Health, there is an extended essay on the importance of cheerfulness to health and longevity. Nor is it a solitary instance. Many writers, both in morals and medicine, have dwelt, at considerable length, on its favorable tendency on our every-day happiness. Dr. Salgues, professor to the Institute of France, has the following excellent remarks on the importance of what he calls gaiety, but which answers exactly to what we call cheerfulness:?" It is," says he, "the best preservative against anxietyand grief; it is the golden panacea, the secret of longevity, the elixir of life." And in another place, he adds, " Joy and gaiety give activity to transpiration, render digestion easier and better, sleep more regular and refreshing, the cure of sickness easier, the period of convalescence shorter, and life itself longer." This is the importance of cheerfulness in general. But its peculiar importance to the wife can best be seen by observing those families where it is wanting. Unhappily, they are so numerous that we need not go very far for the purpose. I recollect most distinctly a family of this painful description, not a hundred miles from the place of my nativity. It was a small family, in moderate, though not affluent circumstances, and surrounded by most of those externals which are calculated to make life delightful. Yet cheerfulnes...

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