Dale Carnegie related a story of a man who had an
ulcer that became aggravated to a dangerous level. Doctors informed him that he
had very little time left to live. They insinuated that it would be wise for him
to make funeral arrangements. Suddenly, Hani a the patient- made a spontaneous
decision: He thought to himself that if he had such little time left to live,
why not enjoy it to the utmost? He thought, "How often have I wished to
travel around the world before I die. This is certainly the chance to realize
my dreams." He bought his ticket and when the doctors became aware of his
plans, they were shocked. They said to him, "We most strongly remonstrate
with you and warn you: If you go forward on this journey you will be buried at the
bottom of the ocean." Their arguments were in vain and he only answered,
"No, nothing of the sort will happen. I have promised my relatives that I
will come back to be buried in the family plot."
He thus began his trip of mirth and joy. He wrote to
his wife saying, "I eat the most delectable of dishes on the cruise ship.
I read poetry, and I eat tasty fatty foods that I have hitherto refrained from.
I have enjoyed life during this period more than I have in my entire previous life."
Dale Carnegie claimed that the man became cured of his
sickness and that the energizing path he took is one that is successful in
defeating disease and pain.
The moral; happiness, cheerfulness, and calmness are often
more efficacious than doctors’ pills.