Daily Devotional: Good words are worth much, and cost little

Proverbs 16:24

~Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.~

positive_words_reward_stickers_x120_largeIt takes just as much energy to say a positive word as it does a negative one. In fact, it may take even less. Research has shown that when we speak positive words—even in difficult circumstances or troubling situations—our bodies relax. As we relax, blood flow increases, including the flow of blood to the brain. A well-oxygenated brain is much more likely to think creatively, make wise decisions, find reasonable solutions, and generate answers to questions.

Positive words ease relationships and create an atmosphere of peace that is conducive to rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and sleep—all of which are necessary for good health.

On the other hand, contrary to popular thought, negative words do not release tension…they keep the body in a state of tension, constricting muscles and blood vessels. Irrational, uncreative, unreasonable behavior is a secondary effect.

A continual flow of negative words causes relationships to suffer, which creates an atmosphere of disharmony and makes for fitful sleep and frayed nerves—none of which are healthy!

One of the best things we can do for our overall health is to transform our speech habits! Borrowed from God’s Little Devotional Book for Women

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