Attitude + Gratitude = Whole Health

What is whole health? According to the World Health Organization: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The English word “health” comes from the Old English word hale, meaning “wholeness, being whole, sound or well.” Whole health, it boils down to having one thing, an attitude of gratitude. Unfortunately it is one of the least prescribed and best result giving “prescriptions” out there.

{The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years; we call it “the placebo effect,” and we know when patients “think” they may be getting that new wonder drug when in reality, they’re getting a sugar pill – their bodies get better often 80% of the time. While the placebo effect demonstrates the power of positive thinking, the nocebo effect demonstrates the physiological effects of negative beliefs, fear, anxiety, and learned helplessness.

Studies show that, even in light of these things we can’t always prevent, what we believe, especially what we fear, has a tendency to manifest itself in reality because negative beliefs fill our bodies with harmful cortisol and epinephrine, while positive beliefs relax our nervous systems and allow our bodies to heal. You are the gatekeeper of your mind, and it’s your responsibility to protect what you think.} (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9690/scientific-proof-that-negative-beliefs-harm-your-health.html )

I had the privilege to sit down with Certified Life Coach Tim Mahoney, he does a “priming” each morning and the first thing he does is go through everything he is grateful for. He said, “The idea behind that is, if you fill your heart full of gratitude then you can’t have any fear. Fear is really what stops us from doing anything we want to do. We’re afraid of failure, we’re afraid of success, we’re afraid of rejection… whatever we’re afraid. So if you always come from a place of gratitude then that fear gets eliminated.” What you’re doing is programming your subconscious where you want to head.” Tim says, “It’s amazing how good you feel, and it took 5 minutes. When you come from an attitude of gratitude, when you come from that positive attitude you’re going to do a lot better job at fixing the problems than when you come from an attitude of being angry, frustrated. Tim has free seminars that will be starting up in the fall of 2016. Until then visit his Facebook page, “Creating The Life You Really Want” for some amazing information in attaining your life goals.

Dr. Caroline Leaf states, 75% – 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Research shows that fear all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. Consciously controlling your thought life means not letting thoughts rampage through your mind. It means learning to engage interactively with every single thought that you have, and to analyze it before you decide either to accept or reject it. We need to detox our brain. (drleaf.com/about/toxic-thoughts/ )

I agree with a lot the knowledge each of these amazing people have shared to having an attitude of gratitude in body, mind, & spirit. I daily practice having an attitude of gratitude, I take every negative thought captive, banish it, and ask the Lord to help me speak life instead. I will not be beaten down with fear, worry, anxiety, depression, or anything else. When I stay in alignment with Him and stay focused on the positives, life is better in every area. His Word speaks repeatedly about fear, anxiety & worry. ““Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; revere the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones” (Proverbs 3: 5-8).

His Word speaks of what our thoughts can do to our lives – our minds – our health. Focus on the things you have to be grateful for. Left unchecked, destructive self-talk will produce a negative outlook on life. Many physical and emotional problems are rooted in unhealthy anxiety (fear).
Whenever the first negative thought comes about, make the choice to STOP it. Taking hold of fear it won’t change anything, dealing with a problem does not have to make you anxious, fearful, worried, or angry. “Don’t focus on the crisis – focus on the Christ.” For me this puts everything into perspective, it is my choice to not let negative emotions take over. His grace is sufficient and I stand on His Word knowing: “I can do all things through Christ who give me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).

I hope everyone starts working on making positive thought choices, living life with an attitude of gratitude; thus reaping the benefits of whole health.

Sandra Hawley Kutzke

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