No matter where we live, we all want to enjoy happiness and health in daily life. Check out this short list of proverbs about healing and wellness, collected from diverse cultures around the world:

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. (Arabic Proverb)

Since antiquity humans have recognized that health is not just about the body – our wellness is also directly related to the quality of our thoughts.

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. (Danish Proverb)

Traditional European wisdom emphasizes our need for sunlight and fresh air over modern medicines for healing and preventing disease.

He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not. (Italian Proverb)

This Italian saying has a simple message – good health is above wealth, and gratitude every day can go a long way in making us feel well.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  (Irish Proverb)

This Celtic quip suggests happiness as a way of approaching wellness instead of the other way around; our good humor and our good health go hand in hand.

The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread. (Chinese Proverb)

This thoughtful metaphor illustrates the nature of the human mind – the smallest disturbances become emergencies, yet when they fade away we hardly notice them.

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. (Swedish Proverb)

The Swedish maintain that a positive outlook can conquer thoughts of gloom and doom. Worry does more damage to our bodies than any disease.

If you want to live healthy, be old early. (Spanish Proverb)

This poetic Spanish philosophy encourages us to practice moderation and thoughtfulness in everything that we do to encourage a long and healthy life.

We love soaking in diverse cultural wisdom. What’s your story? Do you have a unique cultural proverb or traditional family saying you’d like to add to our list? Please share with us below!