When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive. Hey! What a relief!

When you think about it, life is wonderful, and people should count their many blessings and see what God has done.

Whether you have a chronic illness or even a so-called terminal illness, your body will respond if your mind is fixed on healing and living. I believe people are dying prematurely because they think they are going to die. Much of this negative thinking originates from doctors, health care workers and even family members.

It is amazing that during four years of medical school, a medical student is never taught how to transfer the feeling of survival to a patient who may have a terminal illness. In fact, it was nutritionist and writer Adelle Davis who said, “Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease. Almost no one has studied health.”

I am so convinced of this that I have instructed family members as well as patients to think life and take charge when adversities arise. It was Alexander the Great who stated, “I am dying with the help of too many physicians.”

I also believe that several good laughs a day will help keep the doctor away. In India, they actually have laughing clubs that you can attend before going to work. The writer Norman Cousins stated, “Laughter is a form of internal jogging. It moves your internal organs around. It enhances respiration. It is an igniter of great expectations.”

When attending my patients in their homes, I always instructed them that upon awakening, they should say, “Good morning, sun,” even if the sun ain’t shining. I would also instruct them just to meditate for about 10 minutes and experience the life energy in their bodies and minds.

It was Robert Orben, a humorist, who stated, “Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away.” Now that statement is funny, but I don’t think it’s quite true. I certainly believe that everyone should be concerned about their health and work on it by incorporating healthy habits, good nutrition, exercise and yearly checkups.

It was Henri Amiel, a Swiss poet, who stated, “There is no curing a sick man who believes himself in health.”

I also certainly believe what the writer DeForest Clinton Jarvis wrote: “It is a lot harder to keep people well than it is to just get them over a sickness.”

To my faithful readers, I close with the statement of the great Greek biographer Plutarch: “A man ought to handle his body like the sail of a ship, and neither lower and reduce it much when no cloud is in sight, nor be slack and careless in managing it when he comes to suspect something is wrong.”