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Improve your well-being by

improving your attitude!


Our well-being is a direct reflection of our attitude. A positive attitude, especially in the face of adversity, has a significant impact on a person’s over-all health. If we could teach one thing to young people that would have more impact on their health and general success in life it would be how to think positively. Dr. Norman Vincent Peal's classic work, The Power of Positive Thinking, should be required reading. We can learn to think positively.

Christopher Petersen, PhD, says, "...optimism...has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to perseverance and effective problem solving; to academic, athletic, military, occupational, and political success; to popularity; to good health; and even to long life and freedom from trauma."

It is important to realize that you are not your behavior and behavior is made to adapt. Even if you have been a pessimistic, negative thinker for many years, you can change your way of thinking and reap the benefits of a positive attitude.

Optimists believe they are accountable for good things and that good things will generally come their way. When bad events do happen, optimists tend view it as an isolated incident, or something out of their control; optimists believe things will be better in the future.

Depression is a tragic mental illness that has devastating impact on individuals and families. Rarely do you find true optimists that suffer from depression. Depression has many root causes and much of what we have said here can have a positive impact on treating depression. You should educate yourself on the treatment of depression.

Controlling your thoughts

Thoughts are under your control. Your pessimistic way of thinking is habit; habits can be changed. It does take work, motivation, and consistent effort. For those who are spiritually minded prayer is a powerful weapon.

When first realize you are thinking a pessimistic thought about an event in your life, first evaluate the evidence. What are the facts—not the fears—but the facts?

Next, think of alternate explanations and future outcomes. You can actually visualize yourself in the future after the successful completion of the event you are thinking negatively about. There is a process called Time-Line Therapy that is a bit more involved than that, but essentially by visualizing the positive outcome you want you change your negative emotions. Time-line therapy is a powerful tool for your well-being.

You can also use daily affirmation to improve your attitude andwell-being. Practice the positive thinking approach and you'll find it soon comes naturally. You may be amazed to realize that you simply feel better with a positive attitude.

Learn to use positive affirmations to reinforce your attitude with these instructions for powerful positive affirmations.

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Mind, Spirit, and healing

There is a great deal of current research that links the mind and healing. There are numerous alternative healing practices that involve using your mind and tapping into your spirit.

It is this spiritual component that is probably the least understood, the most powerful, and important. Your spiritual being does consist of the values and beliefs you hold, but it goes much deeper than that.

Religions of the world have been greatly concerned about the spiritual well-being of its adherents, which is often why we no longer address it in public education. There are strategies for doing so without violating peoples religious views and are important for helping people learn the value and importance of spiritual pursuits.

As was mentioned in the previous paragraph beliefs and values have tremendous influence on our personality and our actions. They shape our identity and our attitudes, which in turn send messages to our cells regarding our health.

Our memories and emotions contribute greatly to our health and well-being. They are influenced by our actions and thus our beliefs and values. There are modern and even older psychological techniques that are utilized to help people address their belief and value system as well as the negative emotions attached to memories. Religions address those very same issues, but they attempt to go beyond that into a realm science cannot fully address – the spiritual realm.

The Spiritual Realm

There are some who refer to love and intelligence as being in the spiritual realm or even God. Christianity teaches that God is love. We can experience both of these and even measure intelligence but have a difficult time explaining its origin. There have been studies done that show the power of prayer and other spiritual practices on health and healing. You surely can agree that humans are spiritual beings.

Spiritual pursuits deal with much more than our health and well-being during our life time. They deal with the after-life. Whether it is reincarnation, eternal life in heaven, or some other notion of what happens to our spirit when we die religions address these concerns. Atheistic and humanistic beliefs tend to shy away from these spiritual practices and belief systems.

All spiritual belief systems cannot be true. Different religions may espouse a particular belief that may be true, but ALL religions and spiritual beliefs are at their core exclusive. People should really look at their spiritual life and seek the truth. Ultimately it is a decision each individual has to make, but it shouldn’t be made lightly.

Seeking to validate the truth claims of Christianity would be a great starting point because of its cultural influence in America and its clear exclusive claim that “I [Jesus] am the way, the truth, the light, and no man comes to the father except through me [him].” If a person rejects the truth claims of Christianity they can move on from there.

Teaching Health and Spirituality

For teachers we certainly ought to feel that we can discuss the importance of the spirit on our well-being. Talking about what spiritual practices could entail and that there are different beliefs and religions that treat health and healing differently.

It would be important to make sure students understand that our beliefs, values, and attitudes greatly impact our health and in turn are greatly impacted by our religious and spiritual background. We also could potentially address the different truth claims associated with people’s health and well-being. It can be a controversial subject but if done right should be able to be done effectively even in public schools today.

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Spirituality & Well-being

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