Human Development

There’s always one good thing to think about

Do you see the glass half-empty or half-full? Or are you one of those people who see the glass cracked, with the water running all over the mahogany table and making a stain that will never come out? A negative attitude, a prolonged bad mood, even long periods of stress are bad for your health. Wounds heal more slowly, your resistance to colds and infections is poor, and when you do come down with something, it’s worse. Doctors say that even if you’re depressed, even if you have true, justifiable, irrefutable reasons to feel negative (and don’t we all, from time to time), you can change your mind…and start to heal physically, as well as mentally.

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Define personal priorities

“There is no point in saying we don’t have time for something, because we make time for whatever is important to us. If you are not doing something, it’s because it isn’t a priority in your life. Perhaps it does not need to be one, but if it does, then you will have to rearrange some things and get your priorities in line. We don’t just get them straight once and never need to adjust them again. It is something we must do quite frequently.” (p. 44)

Meyer, J. 2007. 100 Ways To Simplify Your Life. New York, N.Y.: FaithWords

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Healthy Self-Image

“Unquestionably, a healthy self-image is one of the key factors in the success and happiness of any individual. The reason your self-concept is so important is: You will probably speak, act, and react as the person you think you are. Psychologists have proved that you will most consistently perform in a manner that is in harmony with the image you have of yourself. Oh, sure, even with a negative self-concept, you may occasionally break out of the pattern and land a big deal, win over a new friend, or belt a softball out of the park at the company picnic. Conversely, even those individuals with healthy self-images blow it from time to time. But usually, your mind will complete the picture you tell it to paint of yourself.” (p. 56)

Osteen, J. 2004. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps To Living At Your Full Potential. New York, N.Y.: Warner Faith.

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“Self-referral occurs when you direct your attention to follow internal cues. These internal cues are messages of comfort and discomfort that are emitted by our physiology in order to allow us to be perfectly healthy. You see, nature, in its infinite wisdom, really gives us only two messages: a sense of comfort and a sense of discomfort. When you’re feeling perfectly comfortable in every way -physically, emotionally, and spiritually- then you’re heading in the right direction. I call this the state of spontaneous right action, because the perfect response is present in your body/mind for every situation just as it occurs. The absolutely ideal reaction to every occurrence in your life is readily available to your body/mind when you are in the state of spontaneous right action.”

Source– Perfect Weight: The Complete Mind/Body Program for Achieving and Maintaining Your Ideal Weight by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (p. 9-10).

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