Monday, August 09, 2010

Calm down dear

I came across this little story this morning, its about some research done in Canada on the subject of thinking about God; it seems that if you believe in God and think about it it reduces your stress levels, more specifically it reduces the anxiety associated with making mistakes. I can see how that might work, children exhibit similar traits when their parents are on hand to provide a safety net, i.e. increased confidence and more willingness to try things etc. Often when you remove the parental backup from situations that confidence is much reduced and stress increases.

Apparently atheists can achieve something similar, although I'm not sure thinking about a lack of something is as satisfying as a stress reliever as conjuring up a superhuman action figure in the sky; I'll probably just stick to reading a good book.


Elizabeth said...

If I thought believing in God would cure my stress, I would do it.

Maybe I'll try today and see how it goes....

Steve Borthwick said...

E, like so much of religion it probably only works for you if you believe it..

Linda Onita Hardin-Atkins said...

press release: April 19,2010

Good books are always good to read especially if they come from the heart, mind and soul!