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3 Health Articles For Christmas That Will Make Your Day

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Here are three articles in the news recently with Christmas in mind that focus on the intersection of spirituality and health.

In the first article, Scrooge’s life lessons are adapted to health,  the second includes a personal account of gaining freedom from depression, and the third has a surprise ending that will make you smile.

1. Transforming a bah-humbug attitude into a healthier you

By Steven Salt, in Kent Patch (Ohio)

Excerpt: “An infestation of bah-humbug thinking pesters all of us from time to time. Helplessness, hopelessness, poverty, despair, and a host of pesky doubts can swarm us and even compromise our health. It turns out generosity can snap us out of the humbug funk and improve our well-being.”

He cites a book entitled, “The Heart of Religion: Spiritual empowerment, benevolence, and the experience of God’s love”. It reports: over 80% of respondents acknowledge they “experience God’s love as the greatest power in the universe.”

2. Debra Chew: Beating Holiday Depression – Mind, Heart, Body And Spirit

By Debra Chew, in the Chattanoogan (Tennessee)

Chew quotes Dr. Kenneth Porter, who, in his article ‘Healing Holiday Blues,’ states that, “the healing of depression, like the healing of any emotional or physical disturbance, occurs best on four levels of our being–mind, heart, body, and spirit.” She relates a personal experience: “About 10 years ago, I experienced a healing of depression that did include all four of these levels. … We made some changes … more important was the time I spent in prayer.”

3. A Christmas Eve Brings A Holy Gift

By Ingrid Peschke, in The MetroWest Daily News (Massachusetts)

Peschke shares how her family set aside their usual Christmas Eve traditions one year to accept an invitation from friends, and experienced more than one surprise. See how many gifts you can count in this one.

Have a healthy, happy Christmas!


A spiritual solution for holiday blues

Another holiday season is upon us.  It’s supposed to be a joyous and festive time. But unfortunately for many, this season may come with feelings of loneliness or depression. There is, however, a spiritual solution for this.

A recent study¹ by the University of Michigan Health System published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing found that a nondenominational spiritual retreat could increase hope and reduce depression.

This got me to thinking of how beneficial it would be to have a “mini” spiritual retreat of sorts each day – a time to be calm and to think – to think of something good in our lives, to feel love for family and friends, to look beyond ourselves, focus on the connections we do have and to kindly consider others – a time to be quiet and to listen for inspiration.

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Funny, funny, true story teaches gratitude

Too funny! Today’s post is from my Georgia friend and colleague, Stormy Becker Falso. See assures me that this story is true! And the lesson she learned about gratitude is helpful. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude is sweetest when shared

Sometimes funny situations teach great lessons.

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