19 February 2019
‘Having good thoughts really does improve your health’ said the headline in my daily newspaper. I was keen to read more. The research comes from a study undertaken by the universities of Oxford and Exeter.
The crucial aspect of their study focuses on the body’s threat response which can damage the immune system. Being compassionate towards ourselves switches off the threat response which places the body in a state of well-being.
‘By switching off our threat response, we boost our immune system and give us the best chance of healing.’ said one of the researchers. And this can only be good for a person’s physical and mental health.
Thinking good thoughts is a constituent part of the Gospel, beautifully articulated by St. Paul when he wrote his Epistle of Joy whilst imprisoned in Rome for his allegiance to Christ. The letter was written to the church at Philippi.
‘Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
Think on these things! It’s the wisdom of two millennia which is now being affirmed by a more scientific enquiry. But it stands to reason that filling our minds with kind and beautiful thoughts can only do us good. It is the Word of God!