Patience and a positive attitude goes a long way when you have a chronic illness. It is too easy to let self-pity and depression take hold. This make you miserable. Studies show that a sense of happiness and hopefulness can improve your health. It can help you tolerate pain better, help you accomplish your goals easier, and improve the aging process. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201303/5-ways-hope-impacts-health-happiness).
The Bible tells us A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. Being cheerful can affect your whole manner: your self-esteem, your appearance, and your treatment others. Often people you meet don’t understand what you’re going through. Patience and a positive attitude will give you the ability to be nice however they treat you.
Remember that no matter what you see, other people have their problems, too. If someone is grouchy or curt, they may be experiencing a difficult situation in their own life. Don’t add to that by being critical or mean; smile brightly, give them a cheerful greeting and then silently pray for them.
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