Hate and negativity are bad for your health.
Holding grudges, blame, racism, oppression, and social isolation have all been linked to poorer health.
- friends to talk to
- people who care about you
- a sense of self-worth
- conflict management skills
have all been linked with improved health.
Bad things happen to everyone. Some of these bad things are worse than others.
Every relationship has times of negativity. No person is perfect.
Prolonged negativity with no ability to cope has been linked to mental health and physical health decline.
Negativity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and more.
The health effects of negativity are even more pronounced in people over age 65. All life phases introduce change. Post-retirement these changes can include social networks, family dynamics, physical mobility decline, vision and hearing issues, limited income, home downsizing, new diagnoses, and recognition of mortality.
When harbored resentments, self-pity, and rejection are included, the negative health impact can be dramatic.
Are you living in negativity?
What could you do to let go of hurts, find sources of happiness, and reclaim your health and contentment?
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The ‘Golden Rule’ holds the key for happy living. Imagine if everyone treated everyone else with the same kindness, understanding, and forgiveness they want for themselves.
Over 20 world religions have very similar versions of the Golden Rule. This concept of loving, honoring, and being tolerant of each other benefits everyone.
Matthew 7:12 NLT
The Golden Rule
Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.
Not only are we called to treat each other as we like to be treated, we are called to love each other – even those who hurt us. Wow, talk about radical love!
Luke 6:35 NLT
Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Luke 6:37 NIV
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Then, we are called to go another step forward…
Romans 12:14-21 NLT
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,
“I will take revenge;
I will pay them back,”
says the Lord.
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
So we are called to love, honor, respect, and care for those who hurt us. God knows about each of those hurts. He will take care of the justice. Our role is faith and following God’s plan (which is way different than normal human response).
When we release the hurts and negativity, we are free to live unencumbered in true joy and peace.
Philippians 4:8 ESV
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
May this happiness and joy be yours!