Archive: May 2012

  1. Forgiving for Better Health

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    Do find yourself digging your heels into the ground and holding grudges when really it would be much easier to forgive?

    The words, “I can never forgive you,” may be more damaging to your health than to your relationships. A study performed at Mayo Clinic showed the negative effects of holding a grudge on the cardiovascular system, reporting elevated blood pressure and heart rates in those who can’t let go. Reports also showed an increase in muscular tension and the feeling of being out of control.

    Courtesy of Slightly Everything

    Forgiveness can also have positive effects on your mental well-being. Research shows that helps reduce grief, depression, anxiety, as well as anger. Being hurt and angry are normal reactions toward offensive acts such as betrayal and abuse.

    Things turn unhealthy when you are unable to acknowledge the anger and process the events that occurred. Forgiveness doesn’t have to mean you condone the offensive behavior or that you excuse what happens. It simply means that you acknowledge the hurt and let it go.

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  2. A Planet that Laughs Together

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    What do you have to laugh about these days?

    Courtesy of Qamar

    “The first Sunday of every May is World Laughter Day. Created in 1988 by Dr. Madan Kataria, this celebration is intended to evoke global consciousness of friendship and unity through laughter.

    Dr. Kataria popularized the Laughter Yoga Movement and now has over 6,000 Laughter Clubs around the world. The idea behind the Laughter Movement is to release endorphins (feel good hormones) through a good chortle, causing a sense of relaxation and happiness. It brings hope that everyone in the world all tee-hees together, we will achieve world peace.

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