10 Intentionals for Better Health Part 2
Dr. Randy Carlson

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (NIV). Your attitude in life can really impact your health. Think about that picture of crushed and dry bones. When we have a crushed spirit, it deeply impacts us.

Let’s continue the second half of 10 Intentionals for Better Health. If you missed Part 1, go back and read it here

6. Declutter one thing daily from your life.

Ask the question, “What’s got to go from my life for me to have better health?” We simply carry way too much baggage throughout lives.

  • Is there negativity coming into your life?
  • Are your entertainment choices dragging you down emotionally and spiritually?
  • What about your friendships? Some friendships bring discouragement into encouragement into your life.
  • Do you have bad habits that need to go – use of credit cards or work priorities that tend to be negative in your life?

7. Hang around healthy people.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, two billionaires, are good friends. They were both speaking at Columbia University in 2019. Warren Buffett spoke about the power and importance of friendship. He said, “You will move in the direction of the people that you associate with.”

If you want to grow in your career, hang around with people who are ahead of you when it comes to building the career that you’re interested in. I’m not suggesting that all your friends have to be wealthy or healthy, but you want to be around people who are going to help you grow. So, connect with people who are healthy in the areas that are important for your life.

8. Stretch for better health.

Stretching gives health. My wife and I walk two to three miles almost every morning. Sometimes I stretch, and sometimes I don’t. The other day, I didn’t, and afterwards I had a spasm in my back that’s lasted a couple of weeks. It happened because I didn’t stretch.

Maybe you’re facing a fear in your life and the stretch for you is to face that fear. Perhaps you have a problem weighing you down, and the stretch for you is to solve that problem. A stretch for you may be to start a new faith habit, something you haven’t done in the past, like praying with your spouse, reading scripture every day or keeping a spiritual journal. Real growth in your health comes when you stretch to something new.

9. Celebrate your better health.

You need to measure it and to journal it, so you can celebrate it. You can do that in different ways.

Often those of us who are very goal-oriented don’t stop to celebrate. Celebration reinforces how things have changed. Maybe you and your spouse want to improve how you communicate with each other. You want better marital health. For the next 30 days, we just agree not to criticize, or for the next 30 days every day we’re going to sit down and spend a half hour talking about how things are going. At the end of a month, you can look back and ask, “How are we doing?” And you can both say things are better than they were, and celebrate together!

10. Be grateful.

Whatever health you have or don’t have in your life, be grateful. In gratefulness, you give God glory, benefit other people you love and bless yourself. Maybe you’re thinking I will never get where I wanted to be in my career. It’s easy to fall into the “I should’ve…” or “Why didn’t I…?” mentality when it comes to health, but you can start where you are today and take steps to move forward.

So, on this topic of health, what ONE THING could you do over the next 30 days that would make the single, biggest difference to your health for you and your family?

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