Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

Why Me?

Why me? We’ve probably all asked ourselves this question at one time or another. Maybe it’s been in response to something like a fender bender, a child’s runny nose, or a co-worker who doesn’t like our idea. Or maybe it is something bigger like a traffic accident with injuries, a family member who is given a terminal diagnosis, or a job layoff. We cannot change the events that happen to us, but we can change our response to these events. The response, “why me?” is a knee jerk reaction that results in feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. I was speaking with someone recently who said, “I’m always a day late and a dollar short.” I felt bad that she viewed her life in this fashion because she could take the view, “It’s all good. Everything is happening to benefit me; I just may not see the benefit at this point in time.” You may be wondering what difference it makes? New research shows that our immune system is impacted by our thinking. Researchers took college students into a lab and measured the IgA level in their saliva. IgA is an indicator of immune system function. Having high IgA levels indicates a healthy immune system. After their base lines were established, the students were asked to think about someone they resented. They had to think about that person for five minutes. Their IGA levels dropped and it took six hours for their immune system function to re-curve. In other words, negative thinking impacts our ability to stay well. Since cold and flu season is around the corner, this may be a simple and cost effective way to stay healthy. My invitation to you is to pay attention to when you say to yourself, “why me?” and see if you can ask a different question. Post your ideas here.

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