Say a Little Prayer: Religious People Less Anxious
Friday, March 06, 2009
Research from the University of Toronto found that those who believe in God have less anxiety and stress than those who are not as religious.
The result indicated believers and non-believers have significant differences in their brains.
According to Inzlicht, the religious participants had a lot less activity going on in the portion of the brain that signals when attention or control is needed because a person is producing anxiety.
"You could think of this part of the brain like a cortical alarm bell that rings when an individual has just made a mistake or experiences uncertainty," Inzlicht said, who teaches and conducts research at the University of Toronto Scarborough. "We found that religious people or even people who simply believe in the existence of God show significantly less brain activity in relation to their own errors. They're much less anxious and feel less stressed when they have made an error."
Wow! This article is in the news today, just one day after I started the series of postings on "How to React to Obama's Economy and Socialist Thinking!"
I will continue our thoughts on Faith being the stuff by which God created the world. Remember...Faith is a substance. Reread yesterday's post to refresh your memory. Wrap your mind around this thought; Faith is not just a thought, but the actual stuff, invisible to us be not to God, by which He framed and made the world. Faith, the actual substance that we cannot see, has been given to us to use! Right? Right!
You use Faith to create! What you think in your mind as possible, is Hope. What you frame as reality and make happen is done with Faith! Some things that you can create are done with your actual hands. Other things you create are done by your words! More about creating with words, tomorrow.
For now, think about Faith as your God-given tool to use to create! (and as with anything, the more you use your tool [like becoming better at hampering a nail], the better your tool performs at your directing!) Think of a tool you have had to learn to use. The more you practiced, the better you got.
The same is the way of Faith!