Today’s verse: Matthew 7:16-20 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
Today I extend an invitation to all of you. I invite everyone to jump on the well-being train. This is not the same as wellness. Wellness is concerned with your body and your health. Well-being is for your mind, body and soul. It is the complete package. It is the route to happiness. Unhealthy people can be happy, and healthy people can be unhappy. But if you have well-being, you have health and happiness! People with a high sense of well-being have positive relationships, are generally happy, and have a great deal of control over their life.
So how do we get to this state of well being? There are studies that suggest the following 5 things can help to acheive a sense of well-being.
- Connect – relationships are extremely important. The more positive relationships you have with family, friends and colleagues, the better off you will be. Make sure to spend more time with your family – turn off the TV and the phones and have family time. Volunteer or join community groups. Build a social network. This takes work but it is worth the time spent to develop these relationships.
- Learn – New skills add to a sense of achievement and boost your self-confidence. Learning about something new helps toward your well-being. Take some courses, learn a new skill, read about something new, learn a language, learn how to repair something in the home. Anything to mentally challenge you is good.
- Exercise- being active fights depression and anxiety. You don’t have to be an exercise freak – you can dance while doing housework, stand up while working, and park farther away in the parking lot. Little 10 minute spurts of exercise add up to a day’s worth of well-being.
- Giving – It is always heartwarming to give. Give anything, whether its your time, your money, or your words. Being kind to someone has the ability to improve your well being.
- Mindfulness – be aware of the present. Really taste your food, really feel your clothing, really notice everything “in the minute”. It all brings about a a positive change in the way you view life.
In addition to the invitation to well-being, I invite you to join me in spiritual exercise. “Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. This is true and everyone should accept it.” (1 Timothy 4: 7-9)
Blessings to everyone who reads this and I hope you will join me in well-being!