Before you answer that question, let’s review the definition of health outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO): “Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Why is this relevant? If we expect to deal with our emotions constructively, we need to gain some emotional intelligence; and in order to develop emotional intelligence, we should understand how these important dimensions of our health are linked together. For instance, if you think negative thoughts, this makes you feel depressed—that’s a connection, mind to emotion. If you nurture your spirit, you’ll feel greater inner peace—that’s a connection, spirit to emotion. What if every time you’re upset, stressed, sad, lonely, or bored you turn to food for solace? Emotional eating will affect your physical body—that’s a connection, emotion to body. There’s no doubt that people use food as a drug instead of dealing constructively with their emotions—roughly six million adults are at least one hundred pounds overweight. It should be clear that our psychological condition is aligned with our physical body—everything is connected.
If we lack emotional intelligence, this not only has an adverse effect on our own health and well-being, it can also make a devastating impact on all of humanity. Emotions that are buried deep in our subconscious will find a way to manifest somehow. If we don’t learn how to manage our emotions intelligently, they can start running our life. It’s an understatement to say that people can get dangerous when they give their power away to their emotions. Senseless acts of violence are being committed daily as people are driven by emotional outbursts of rage. Some of these events we hear about on the news, such as random shooting rampages, but many others occur behind the radar.
Developing emotional intelligence sounds simple in theory, yet it is surprisingly difficult for many people to put in practice. However, in chapter seven of my book, I break it down in an easy to follow format. This is the first PHS principle that I introduce as part of the Healthy Self-Management component. Of particular interest, on page 118, I discuss how a fear-based mind-set is influenced by lies. Why do I mention this? Today, we are confronted with this recent terrorist organization ISIS who seek to promote their warped ideology through social media. Mentally, they’re gripped with deceit as they misrepresent what is good for what is evil and indoctrinate recruits into their cultish coalition. To be sure, ISIS is an emotionally charged faction, yet one that is fundamentally void of emotional intelligence.
Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, or Muslim is irrelevant. All religious faiths aside, any person with a decent degree of emotional intelligence would not condone the beheading of innocent men, women and children or burning someone alive in a cage. These rising atrocities against civilization are unprecedented. It is urgent that we take a unified stand to combat their propaganda. King Abdullah of Jordan explained to world leaders that this presents a 3rd World War by other means, and that changing minds is the long-term element of the battle. I agree. Each of us should start doing whatever we can to prevent young and susceptible minds from being intimidated, beguiled and recruited to join this radical organization. Together, we can find a moral compass—the PHS principles are universal. If you want to promote your own health and well-being, and help bring more peace into the world, then please read, study and share: The Proactive Health Solution.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”