Yesterday was Palm Sunday and I just love this time of year. We are approaching beautiful, mild spring weather and since Easter is my absolute favorite celebration, I wanted to share an article about how profoundly our perception of God can impact our health, especially as we age.
This study found that people who pray to a loving and protective God are less likely to experience anxiety-related disorders like worry, fear, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive behavior, compared to people who pray but don’t really expect to receive any comfort or protection from God. It is all linked to your perception of God.
The studies revealed that the psychological benefits of prayer seem to be dependent on the quality of a person’s relationship with God. I believe this is why there are conflicting results from studies on prayer and whether or not it positively impacts health.
It makes total sense to me. How can you get comfort and encouragement from praying to Someone you don’t really trust? It would be like asking a friend or loved one you don’t fully trust for help. Would you feel peaceful and confident or anxious and unsure?
The researchers found that people who are highly secure in their relationship with a loving God experience a sharp increase in well-being the more they pray. While the research was focused specifically on older people I believe it holds true for all of us, regardless of age.
Perception is everything. You only respond to your perception of any event or memory. So cultivating a secure, loving relationship with God will not only improve your spiritual health but your mental, emotional and physical health as well!
In this Easter season I invite you to get to know the loving God I know.
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