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We are smack dab in the middle of the cold-flu season, & while you may take precautions around the office & home, churches can be a little germy too – especially in the nursery. Dr. Charles Gerba says there are 3 things you can do to help keep those germs at bay.
One is good hand hygiene, washing your hands. Using hand sanitizers is really good too. The other is disinfecting key surfaces. It’s not really cleaning more, we don’t need any more cleaning. Don’t become a germaphobe, just become a little bit germ wise.
& he says if you do a meet & greet time at church, maybe do a fist bump or a bow instead of a handshake. & by the way, the cleanest toy they’ve found in those nurseries: a doll – or as we guys call them, action figures.
How’s your New Year’s Revolution going so far? Whether it’s health related, or money or faith, the big question is: Are the changes you’re making, making you happier? For 75 years, Harvard has been following the lives of more than 700 men, year after year, & in that time they say one thing is clear: Good relationships make us happier & healthier. So what is it about those relationships?
WHAT MAKES A GOOD LIFE
The first is that social connections are really good for us – & that loneliness kills. The second big lesson: It’s not just the number of friends you have, but it’s the quality of our close relationships that matters. It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for your health. & the third big lesson that we learned. Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains.
In fact Robert Waldinger, the 4th director the Harvard Project, says the people in relationships where they really feel they can count on the other person in times of need, their memories stay sharper longer.
Perhaps one of the reasons that so many New Year’s Resolutions fail is we get to the point that we can’t burn the candle at both ends anymore. When that started happening to Laura Harris Smith, she did 2 things: Got more sleep & started eating better.
30 DAY FAITH DETOX
Because God designed us, plopped us down in the middle of a garden from day one, I believe we feel our best when we are eating the way He originally intended us to eat. & as a result of that you’re unimpeded from the things you want to do. My ministry days are long & if I were not healthy … & honestly I feel half my age … & you see that effects my spirit, that effects my ability to minister. I want to live out my days & not allow the enemy to steal one of them.
& she says that decision not only cleaned out her body, but her mind as well. She writes more about it in her book the 30 Day Faith Detox.