Does Revenge Make Us Feel Better?

Does Revenge Make Us Feel Better?

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A guest post written by Melissa Clendenen from Newport Beach, California

I’ve really been aware lately of the discussion in the news on taking revenge against acts of international brutality. Like great nations, individuals may also face situations where revenge seems appropriate by avenging, retaliating, or inflicting injury (as Webster defines revenge).Continue Reading

Looking for Harmony? Exude the Perfume of Gratitude

Looking for Harmony? Exude the Perfume of Gratitude

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by Don Ingwerson

Have you ever noticed how so much of the fabric of society is underpinned by the Golden Rule? The ability to respectfully be aware of others and act on this awareness creates the possibility of peace instead of a wholly selfish society where everyone is only looking out for themselves.Continue Reading

Memory Loss Can Be Reversed

Memory Loss Can Be Reversed

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It’s hard not to notice all the attention the media is giving to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The coverage is so common that it’s almost a daily subject in the various media platforms. Although many articles are efforts to help people cope with the problem, others are unhelpful and spread fearful predictions.Continue Reading

Are You In a Lower Gear in Your Journey to Health?

Are You In a Lower Gear in Your Journey to Health?

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A guest post written by Tracy Clifton from Glendale, California

People talk about health a lot these days – and it’s not just physical health that’s being discussed. We’re realizing that mental health is just as important, and that our level of happiness and how we handle stress contribute to how we’re feeling physically.Continue Reading

How to Keep Healthy Thoughts

How to Keep Healthy Thoughts

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A guest post written by Melissa Clendenen from Newport Beach, California

Scientific studies have shown the impact of our thinking on health and wellbeing. Shift recently published, “How Your State of Mind is Affecting Your Well-Being,”  and states: “If you have an optimistic state of mind you have a better ability to become accomplished in life, are better able to cope with stress, and can take on life challenges more resilientlyContinue Reading

Is Speaking Evil Tied to Health?

Is Speaking Evil Tied to Health?

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A guest post written by Kathleen Osborne from Riverside, California

The other day a headline in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention. In super-large type it read “Speak No Evil.” The article itself was about how to give a speech, but it got me thinking about the adage, “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and how this might relate to health and harmony.Continue Reading

Is It Worth It To Detox Mentally?

Is It Worth It To Detox Mentally?

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My colleague Tim Mitchinson is a health blogger from Illinois, and in his article he writes about the health benefits gained when negative feelings such as anger, jealousy, or hate are eliminated from ones thinking.

More and more individuals are considering detoxing and cleansing their bodies of impurities for health reasons.   But interestingly, some of the most toxic problems we suffer are negative mental states.

For instance, research, as well as common sense, is increasingly showing the health risks of anger.  An Ohio State University study showed that those who had less control over their anger tended to heal more slowly from wounds.  In another study, researchers concluded that anger problems have been linked to all major causes of death.

For many, negative feelings can sometimes accumulate to disturbing levels. During those times, we need a good mental detoxing to clear out unhealthy emotions, such as jealousy, stress and irritation, which can poison one’s good nature, upset mental balance, and damage health.

Here are some helpful tips I have found in my spiritual practice that are important in mental cleansing:

  • Don’t let resentments fester and grow – eliminate them with forgiveness
  • Cleanse away hatred with affection and compassion
  • Purge past disappointments with gratitude for good things in your life today
  • Don’t rehearse cruelty – practice empathy and tolerance instead

It is love, compassion and appreciation that will help us detox our mentality and bring us many health benefits.

St. Paul lists nine important ingredients that can help detox any hatred: patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good temper, guilelessness and sincerity (see I Cor. 13: 5-8).  These qualities act as antidotes for anger and its health threats.

There was a time in my life when I hated a colleague of mine.  His life seemed so much better and his success more pronounced.  I eventually became ill whenever I thought of him.  I realized I needed a good detoxing.  I studied I Corinthians 13 and tried to be more unselfish, kind and patient with my friend, others I knew, and even myself.  The result?  My anger disappeared.  We became friends again, my health became stronger and my life richer in many ways.

American human development specialist and founder of the Heart/Math Institute, Doc Childre, wrote, “Appreciate yourself for whatever progress you’ve made, then use that energy of appreciation to move forward.”

If you’re combatting anger, jealousy or hatred, try a mental cleansing.  Give yourself a good mental detox with humility and love.  See for yourself how it helps eliminate stress.  You’ll feel better about yourself and even reap some lasting health benefits.

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