“They say we’re made in the image of God, and it’s hard to say what that means; but it means in part to participate in the process of bringing the GOOD into being. And we can all do that, and the opposite.
And if we accept our responsibility to ourselves and to others and to our communities and we lift that load up, then we live lives that are meaningful and that stops us from being corrupt. It provides us with a medication against catastrophe; and also practically improves the world…it’s not just psychological.
You can make things worse and everyone knows that, and no doubt you have in many ways. But you can make things better and they actually GET better and there is a reason for hope. And there is something to said to know that you’re the sort of creature that can look mortality & catastrophe & malevolence straight in the eye, so to speak, and nonetheless stand up and do what’s right…and all there is in that is GOOD.” – Jordan Peterson
Hey There, it’s the Sherpa,
Every year for Christmas, my wife’s side of the family each pick a name and we buy one nice gift for one person and last December, I picked my wife’s grandfather. That was great, except for one small problem.
Quite frankly, he was 95 years old, failing in health and living in assisted living which means he’d pretty much given away everything he owned.
What on earth would I give him that would have any actual meaning?
I racked my brain and came up with nothing.
Then it occurred to me…
How many of us ever get the joy of knowing how much love other people have for us?
We’ve all been to a funeral where people line up and share amazing stories and love for the one who passed and often I’ve thought… “I wonder if this person (the deceased) even knew how these people felt?”
And that’s when the light went off and I went to work.
I contacted everyone in the family (and it was a big family). For the next month, I collected personal letters from family members to my wife’s grandfather along with pictures and drawings from the grandchildren…
What I ended up with was a large scrapbook bursting with deep, heartfelt letters of love, respect and admiration for a man who was truly great.
Not only was it amazing to see the touching look on his face, but the JOY everyone else had when grandpa opened his gift.
We all had the opportunity to express our love and gratitude and thanksgiving and the timing was perfect because Grandpa passed away a few months ago.
Gratitude in my opinion is one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money, it takes very little time, but the benefits are enormous… both for us and those we express it to.
According to Robert A Emmons, PhD., a leading gratitude researcher, gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret.
I could bore you with the research that shows how valuable love and gratitude is for our health, but I don’t think you need proof.
Instead, I want to encourage you with something we can all do right now…
Call someone you love and respect (maybe a child, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or co-worker) and give them the good news.
Tell them how much they mean to you and how much you care about them.
In the meantime, do you have a touching story? I’d love to hear it. Please hit reply and let me know what you’ve learned in life about showing gratitude.
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A Discussion of meaningful philosophy, psychological health and societal Improvement – by dr. Jordan Peterson
Have you been told you need more vitamin D? Healthcare practitioners are increasingly aware of the risks of low vitamin D levels, but many are not aware that high levels of vitamin D can have toxic effects. Read on to learn the risks of over-supplementation, what factors determine your optimal vitamin D level, and the many reasons to get sunlight exposure beyond just vitamin D.
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Our modern lifestyles provide nearly endless sources of distraction. Not surprisingly, recent research has shown that this constant input has a significant impact on our health. Read on to learn more about how distraction is literally rewiring our brains, and what you can do to protect yourself.
Studies have shown that increased use of a smartphone is associated with anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance in adolescents and adults (2, 3). Other studies have shown a relationship between problematic internet use and electronic gaming and psychological distress and problem behavior in youths (4).
In short, the greater the opportunities for distraction become, the greater the necessity for a practice that centers our attention in the present moment and counteracts the negative consequences of our increasingly fragmented attention.
Mindfulness is one such practice.
When David Sedaris purchased his Fibit last summer, this small piece of technology inspired him to walk after dinner instead of sitting on the couch. When his Fitbit died, however, walking became pointless without the steps being counted or measured. Sound familiar?
Two hours on the row machine, like Frank Underwood does, will not cancel out the pizza you ate during your House of Cards binge.
I equate using a fitness tracker or food calorie tracker as a marker of dishonesty with ourselves. We are missing a pivotal step: self-reflection. It’s really easy to buy a Nike Fuel band and wear it. It’s much harder, however, to get deep with yourself.
Fitness apps are a flawed, abbreviated version of this self-reflection process. They focus too much on the number of steps, calories, or distance traveled. Fitness tracking devices distract us from what really needs to happen: we need to look at ourselves naked in the mirror and have an honest conversation with our naked self about the status of our health. From a weight-loss standpoint, it’s critical. Then let’s unplug the TV, peel ourselves off the couch (if not get rid of both the TV and couch), and buy a few free weights and a yoga mat before throwing down for a fitness tracker. The cost is about the same, but the impacts couldn’t be more different.
Read entire article at The Dark Side of Your Fitbit And Fitness App DocNews.
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