Guest Post – Prayer Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Health

2017-03-09 10:00:03

Prayer Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Health

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A vast majority of people all over the world pray and practice some form of religion or spirituality.  It is a practice that researchers are studying more, and finding that not only does it bring peace, but may have some important health benefits as well.

 

Prayer is a stress fighter.  It can help you relax by influencing your state of mind.  Praying is a calming practice that helps you reach out to God and beyond yourself, sharing burdens instead of carrying them alone.  When you are calm, the effects of stress on several body organs, including your heart, are reduced.  Chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, migraines, ulcers and heart disease can all be attributed to too much stress.

 

Other studies have found that people who pray have quicker recovery times after injuries and surgeries.  Praying promotes a more optimistic outlook even through sickness and injury.  If your body doesn’t have to deal with worry and stress, it can focus all of its efforts fully on healing.

 

Prayer can be a contributing factor in making you a better person.  Prayer can give you focus and perspective,  making you more humble and less greedy for material things.  Instead of focusing solely on yourself, praying can help you think about others and become more empathetic.  Practicing prayer in a church setting can help you feel more accountable to others as well.

 

Many times prayer is also used as a coping mechanism during difficult times.  People use prayer to help them overcome obstacles and deal with stressful circumstances in their life, such as recovering from addiction.   Praying can remind you that there is something beyond the here and now, offering hope and a chance for better days.

 

Praying regularly can also boost levels of dopamine and make you happier.  It can bring peace and tranquility when you take quiet moments to pray for others.  This practice can help you feel proactive, doing something for someone else and caring about their well being.  True happiness always comes from doing for others, not just for yourself.

 

One of the greatest benefits of prayer is its ability to help you live longer.  Spirituality and prayer minimize the symptoms of stress and anxiety, thereby  allowing your body to heal and age more efficiently.  With improved immunity, your body can fend off diseases more easily as you age.

 

Prayer only works for your mind and your health with an active faith and belief system in a loving, gracious, and forgiving God.  The sense of value and purpose you will receive in such a relationship is what drives the positive outlook on life.  When you think in more positive terms, you will develop a buffer from depression, stress, and anxiety.  You will also value yourself more due to the perception that God cares about you as you are, and be less likely to engage in risky or unhealthy behaviors.  Pray more and worry less – your body will thank you for it!

This is a Guest Post written by Jennifer Scott. You can read more of her articles or get to know more about her at:

jscott@spiritfinder.org

 

 

 

 

 

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