Posted by: Rolf | December 10, 2009

Have A Positive Attitude…

Establishing a right mental outlook can prevent and even alleviate certain physical maladies caused or aggravated by stress and negative thinking. Learning to think properly is a key to mental and emotional stability. As the Apostle Paul said, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8

In a world where the prevalent attitude among people is “me first,” strive to develop an outgoing, helpful concern for others. Don’t criticize or gossip, or try to drag them down so you can get ahead. Instead, focus your mind on their good qualities. It will go a long way toward alleviating stress.

Few of us have issues or stresses that have not been experienced by others. Talk to people about your dilemma. Seek help. Offer your assistance to others. This will most often mean just providing an empathetic ear to other people. Seeing our problems in the context of the trials and tribulations of other people can be quite humbling and can quickly put our problems into a proper perspective.

Learning the basic skills of getting along with others will also reduce stressful living. Strive to become a “people person”—go out of your way to practice acts of kindness toward others. Be patient and tolerant. Expect unexpected situations to arise. Don’t lose your cool—anger only adds to your stress and the stress load of those around you (though, of course, there is a time to speak out in righteous indignation).

Negative feelings include hatred, distress, disdain, hostility, jealousy and the urge for revenge, in short every drive likely to endanger your security by inciting aggressiveness in others who are afraid that you may cause them harm. Positive feelings, on the other hand, include gratitude, respect, trusts, and admiration for the excellence of outstanding achievements, all of which add up to goodwill and friendship.  Good emotions are beneficial to the body and mind, but negative thinking and a depressed attitude can hinder normal healthy functioning.

In His Grip and Serving Grace…

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