How To Make Life Easy

imageJohn Maxwell said: “We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years we will have. We cannot control life’s difficult moments, but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we control the atmosphere of our minds. However, too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can… our attitude.”
These insights remind us that whatever thought we entertain in our mind has an impact in our being, especially on our emotional health. I think you have heard this expression, “it’s not what you’re eating, but it’s what eating you, “further elucidates the point.
In her article, “How to Jump-start Your Emotional Health, “Patricia Wagner reports that scientists have discovered that what you’re thinking actually affects your physical health as well as your emotional health. Diseases like ulcers, indigestion, nervousness, high blood pressure and a variety of diseases can result from an injured immune system brought about by harmful thought patterns.
Here are some insights to make life easy as shared by Wagner.

  • Your emotion can tell if what you’re thinking about is really happening, or if it’s just an image in your head. Prove this to yourself by thinking back, when you watch a terrifying scene on television or in a movie, you cannot help but being terrified too. Though you knew what you’re watching isn’t actually happening.
  • Learn to develop a cheerful attitude towards life. Life can be painful, but it’s impossible to overcome. Choose to behave in a cheerful was as much as possible, even if you don’t feel like it. You may be surprise at what happens. Cheerfulness is contagious. A positive attitude towards life may help ward-off sickness. Psychology professor Sheldon Cohen of Pittsburg, USA, found out that relaxed, happy people are less prone to catch cold, than unhappy, anxious people.
  • Deal with stress as an opportunity to grow. Stress can be a killer if the body is always being bombarded with it. When we experience times of anxiety and fear, our brains release hormones as part of the “fight flight” syndrome to prepare us for dangerous situations. When this happens, our immune system becomes weak. But on the other hand, if stress is in the form of a challenge, like, working hard for a job promotion, then it can contribute to ones growth.
  • Make the right friends. Select people who are cheerful, instead of depressed ones. Let the majority of your friends are optimistic in nature. Those who have satisfying and happy social life have stronger resistance to illness.
  • Let wisdom from the world’s greatest book be your guide. Like, from the Proverbs 17:21, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up bones.”
“Stop letting what’s eating you hurt you. The thoughts you entertain should be of positive ones. If you do this, you’ll begin to enjoy life in a brand new way.”