Your Story

Tune out downbeat and laugh for winter wellness

Research says laugh, love, pray for winter wellness  © Glowimages
Research says laugh, love, pray for winter wellness © Glowimages

ARE you sometimes mesmerised by the latest medication for the common cold on the TV?

Fascinated by the computer graphics used to depict the symptoms and their soothing remedy being promoted?

Impressed by the subliminal suggestion that responsible people purchase the latest advertised medication?

Influenced by society's bland acceptance of the assumption that colds and flu are unavoidable at this time of year?

Or are you sometimes repelled by these downward tugs, loaded with obvious big pharmaceutical company backing?

Good thinking!

You're part of a growing movement of individuals who have become more discerning and are prepared to take responsibility for their thoughts, and ultimately for their health and wellbeing.

"Your health care shouldn't be all about drugs," said family physician Dr Chandra.

They are just not the answer for healing and more consistent wellbeing.

She points to considerable and repeated research that has found that alternative therapies, which recognise the influence of our thoughts and beliefs on our health, are far superior treatments.

In fact, if we truly want to maintain health "we should prevent the images of disease from taking form in thought" by "look(ing) away from the body into Truth and Love", spirituality and health researcher, Mary Baker Eddy, recommends.

If we "hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true…" we'll bring them into our experience, she confirms in Science and Health.

Negative advertisements and chit-chat about colds and flu need no longer control us.

Positive and health-based thought and action offer a powerful immunity.

If you think back on your life experience for a moment, you'd have to agree to the value of these five healthy habits; but maybe their health benefits are news to you.

  • Stay connected. Research has found that people literally feel cold when they experience being socially excluded. Choose not to hibernate this winter, but warm up by joining in and having fun.
  • A positive attitude can broaden our perspective on the world, inspiring more creativity and life options, and promote lasting resilience and wellbeing. Dr Frederickson of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina has found that the physical and emotional benefits of positivity include fewer colds, faster recovery from stress, and better sleep.
  • Be grateful and take time to be in awe of the rosebud, the exuberant toddler or that amazing architecture. These thoughts and emotions promote good health. Surprisingly, it's not joy that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us joyful! 
  • Forgive yourself and others. It's great for your sense of wellbeing and has also been linked to better immune function. In a Stanford Forgiveness Project, 260 adults were trained to forgive over a 6-week period. 70% reported a decrease in their feelings of hurt, while nearly 30% experienced fewer physical complaints.
  • Pray or meditate on your special place in this wonderful universe. Researchers have proved time and again that spirituality and faith in a loving higher power are overwhelmingly good for your health.


It could be worth your time to meditate on how you'll get these spiritual practices into gear, because it seems that they will most certainly affect your all-round wellbeing this winter and well into summer.

Kay Stroud writes about the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health. She's also media relations contact for Christian Science in this region www.health4thinkers.com.

Topics:  colds forgiveness gratitude healthy influenza misleading advertising positivity spirituality wellness winter



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

WATCH: Child wrestles monster snake with bare hands

Oli Wardrope, 14 slid underneath the family car and pulled out a massive 2-metre long python.

HE WAS ready for school, then he saw this.

'Absolute grub': Poo, toilet paper left at door of business

Poo at Gladstone Fish Market

A GLADSTONE business owner has never felt so disgusted in his life.

'Loving': Heartfelt tribute to iconic Gladstone woman

REST IN PEACE: Fay Owens, well-known Gladstone woman was paid tribute to in parliamentby Glenn Butcher.

SILENCE as prominent politician recalls life of a Gladstone woman.

Local Partners

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

72 hours of things you can't miss in the Gladstone region

The Screaming Jets are making their way to Gladstone in 2017.

YOU CAN'T miss these things to do in the Gladstone region.

Gladstone's 20 cheapest properties on the market, all under $150K

DIRT CHEAP: 5/239 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora is selling for $140,000

PROPERTY sellers drop prices as houses and units sell for bargains.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!