Professionals say that personality traits that can help us live longer as well as that having a pet can add years to your life, as well. To many people, quality of life is equally as important as life span that we can improve our longevity by improving our quality of life. If we really want to live longer, then we can start with our attitude. Our way of thinking can not only impact the quality of our life, but also how long we can actually live. From what I was reading from various sources that optimistic people actually decreased their risk of early death compared with those who leaned more towards pessimism. Pessimism are those who have negative attitude which makes them weaker. Many medical experts says that our beliefs actually alter our body's chemical balance which impacts our ability to enjoy life.
I believe this is also biblically sound, there is a connection between mind and body - and that our thoughts, attitudes and emotions affect our own physical functioning and our over all health regardless if we have any form of disabilities such as Multiple Sclerosis. Everyone have their own definition of happiness. There are people who are not happy simply because they are not happy for whatever reasons they may be. Learning from trials, anybody who tries to create a fantasy world where everything is perfect is only setting themselves up for even a more profound sadness, frustrations and sorrow. Trials (of all kinds) are often a two-sided coin. One side trials may be viewed as coming from God to bring out the BEST in us (See: Gen. 22:1-2, 15-18; Hebrews 11:17). On the other side of the coin, Satan attempts to tempt us and trials to bring out the WORST in us (see: James 1:13-14).
As you can see from my pevious paragraph, God's divine intervention (i.e. trials) goes both ways. All circumstances can turn people to God. Scriptures reveals that no trial, no disease or illness, no accident or injury reaches us apart from God's permission. We can answer like Joseph to his brothers who sold him into slavery, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.” There are some who seem to look on the gloomy side and never able to do respond in faith to life's problems, instead, they grumble about the trials that they forget God's powerful grace. Our faith is not optimism because it breeds false hope however I believe we should not be either pessimistic or optimistic from human point of view. As a human being, I am very opotimistic person however, as a believer, I have strong faith in God. It is a life of faith, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go" in this life whether we respond to His plan or not. Trials are intended to train us out of our worldly security and awaken us to the fact that we are to trust God during their trials or fall but at the same time, don't trust ourselves and take action of our lives by "living" what we ought to be living.
This is one of the many reasons why I am going back to swimming and may be going back to college this fall. Also, I am going to join one local professional accountant organization to be part of the accounting community. There is so many things I can do to make my body feel alive.
Now, my next project to feel "alive" is to feel more sexual which will be a challenge. Going on 50 and I am not ready to let go of sex. (smile).
A.W. Tozer's quote:
Materialism, pessimism, cynicism and skepticism were the four horsemen of those gloomy decades and they rode forth conquering and to conquer.