It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 14, Book 14



Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 Proverbs 4:23 

It’s important to guard and maintain our hearts because in this fast paced world of ours, our hearts can grow weary. We live in a fast paced hectic world that's often stressful.

I think children have this one down. They laugh more than 200 times every day.  You see, laughter releases endorphins that relieve stress, elevate your mood and even relieve pain. The benefits of laughter don’t depend on how funny something is. Even forced laughter can do the trick.

Exercise is a great stress reliever too.  Even if it is just a walk around the block. Taking time in prayer and reflection each day can also help. 

Sleep is perhaps the simplest way to protect your heart.  To carry on in this fast paced, technological age, we require sleep. Your body needs rest to function properly, stave off infection, and repair itself.  

Look on the bright side of life.  Research has found that a positive attitude will contribute to your heart health. Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.  Having the right attitude is even more important for your body than daily sunscreen and a weekend spa getaway.

One of the best ways I know to develop a positive attitude is to practice gratitude, which means thinking of, or writing down the things that you are grateful for in your life. Positive affirmations remind you of the wonderful things in your life and make you feel happier and more satisfied.

Remember:

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. 

 Bob Hope

8 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Great tips. This is heart health of a different sort. I think the one I like best is allowing yourself to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine, for sure.

betty said...

I liked that quote from Bob Hope and the scripture here, Ma. So true to take care of our heart, not just the physical organ of it but our whole body,spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. You are great too with practicing gratitude :)

betty

jack69 said...

BETTY! I was gonna say that!
Very often Betty expresses how I see your post. But I was gonna say also that you have a way of selecting a good post subject and pick a good scripture or quote(s) to back it up.
sweet have a great Sunday and yes, LAUGH!

jack69 said...
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jack69 said...

BETTY! I was gonna say that!
Very often Betty expresses how I see your post. But I was gonna say also that you have a way of selecting a good post subject and pick a good scripture or quote(s) to back it up.
sweet have a great Sunday and yes, LAUGH!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Definitely some great tips! I was just reading through your posts for the week, doing a little catch up - love page 12 especially since I am on my way to having an empty nest and know it's not going to be easy for me. Have a happy Sunday and a great week ahead! :)

Rose said...

Great tips on relieving stress. I think as we get older, we tend to worry more.

Hollie said...

Love this entry as well!! Thanks for all your wonderful entries that help us to be better!!