Don’t Worry, Be Happy!
This is much easier said than done as an adult with the responsilities that life brings. We really have to renew our minds on purpose to not worry and be happy.
A 2017 New York Times article points out that “There is no longer any doubt that what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body.” The bible states this in Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.
While there is so much emphasis on eating right and exercise when it comes to wellness, our thought life should be paid attention as well. After all, everything we do begins with a thought. It makes sense that healthy thoughts could lead to healthier choices.
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on things that are just, pure, honest, lovely, and of a good report. Earlier in chapter 4 it is saying to be anxious for nothing and pray with thanksgiving. It would be wise to heed to our creators instuctions.
We all know that we are influenced by the things we give our attention and time to. A great practice for helping encourage right thinking is eliminating the negative inputs. I don’t believe we were created to be constantly stimulated by all the entertainment we are exposed to with our fast paced world.
I find personally, that taking breaks from all media is a great way to quiet my mind! I would put in question that the rising epidemic of mental health issues would some how be connected to all information we are being bombarded with. It seems as if alot of fear is projected. Struggling personally with anxiety, hearing all the bad news has had a direct affect.
Here are a few practical suggestions to apply right away to help exercise your mind to think good thoughts.
- Make a list and speak out loud things you are thankful for!
- Take a walk and be grateful for nature and all it provides(oxygen from trees)
- Expect good things(faith)
- Take time to encourage another
We are happier when we take the time to put a smile on someone else.Everyone has struggles and we all make the choice daily what we focus on. What we focus on grows, good or bad. The more we allow the wrong thoughts the more they seem to mulitply and spiral out of control.
The bible also tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 the word says to cast down imaginations take every thougtht captive to the obedience of Christ. Take time today to exercise your mind and think good thoughts. I have found this very helpful in my perosnal journey! Dr. Caroline Leaf has a great information that assists in making this change! If you have any questions or concerns add to the conversation by commenting.
To Your Health.
Sources = Dr. Axe.com, Drleaf.com, New York Times.com