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 Neurons, Attitude and your Health

When we respond negatively to people and situations, we set in motion a negative trend in our entire body system. All our emotions are electro-chemically charged and intrinsically connected to the endocrine, nervous and immune systems through our thoughts and feelings. If the systems are negatively charged, they set in motion a chain of negative reactions. Hence we need to respond carefully to situations in life.

When American journalist Norman Cousins became very ill his doctors, finding the prognosis poor, had to give up on him. In a few days, he would be gone. In his state of illness, Cousins was convinced that negative emotions have negative physical consequences just positive emotions will impact the body in a positive way. So he rented really humorous movies and began watching them regularly.

He noticed that he was able to sleep more without the aid of sleeping pills. The pain that was excruciating was reducing. He was now less dependent on painkillers. Once he became well, he wrote of his experience in the British Medical Journal.
Art Mathias was allergic to hundreds of food items including fibre. He could wear only cotton clothing, and these were expensive. The prognosis being bad, doctors reluctantly gave up on him.

One day, he listened to a teaching on forgiveness and simply decided to forgive those who hurt him. He suddenly realised from that day he could eat many foods, to which he was allergic. Even his skin allergies stopped. Behind this phenomenal healing was the major shift he made in his thinking, that is, to move from harbouring bitterness to forgive and bless those who hurt him.

 For both Cousins and Mathias, the turning point was their attitude towards health and hurts. The World Health Organisation reported in 2002 that one out of every three persons, who went to consult doctors for a common symptom got diagnosed with some form of mental illness arising from anger and depression. To a large extent, many of us suffer a degree of anger and depression. A great many of our physical sicknesses could be avoided if we could only change our attitudes.

It has been said that 10 per cent is what happens to you and 90 per cent is your response (attitude) to that. The important thing is to learn to deal with disappointment in constructive ways. Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to his son’s teacher, in which he requested, “Teach my son how to win but also teach him how to handle failure.” We don’t always know everything about an illness but a recent study says 82 per cent of all physical sickness is caused by emotions. Caroline Leaf, a medical specialist, in her book, Who Switched My Brain off?, says, “If this is true it will be extremely wise of us to respond positively to all the failures and disappointments in life.”

In our reactions to failures and disappointments, which are bound to occur, it is good to make an effort to avoid bitterness, anger and resentment. Neurologists tell us that the neuron, which is the basic unit of the brain, was created by God for love. When you and i experience God’s love and find others to express our love, every organ in our body will function to its optimum level. Hope and confidence itself will produce positive energy in the body.

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