The Psychology of Money
We all know how to do the easiest thing in the world…spend! But how to save? Well, that’s a skill that we can only learn how to do. People who are naturally good with money are rare, especially in a world where we are bombarded with messages that we should shop and shop, and shop some more.
What does it take to switch from spending to saving?
The start of the year is a good time to get your financial goals in order and be prepared for the holiday season, direct debits and anniversaries. Long-term money management is not simple and it can’t be explained in a few lines. We’ve all been there: we have a plan and then there are some unexpected expenses and rising prices that mess up our plans and ruin our carefully constructed financial plans. All that time we are attracted to buying more and purchasing stuff that we don’t necessarily need.
Our brain is hardwired to spend far easier than it is to save. Saving is hard and it takes patience and dedication, but it can be done. We should probably be more focused on making more money than spending it. That could be a good start.
Eat Healthy Food… Even if You’re not Overweight
We all have a friend whose eating habits and body shape simply do not add up. While they enjoy eating unhealthy meals and have a sedentary lifestyle, somehow they have a slim figure. We might assume that these people are healthy, but that’s not always the case.
Imagine that you can eat sweets as much as you can and have salty temptations at any time without gaining weight? Would you eat healthy food instead of unhealthy delicious snacks?
Keep in mind that weight does not make a difference between a kilogram of fat versus a kilogram of muscle nor does it makes a difference between body shape and fat distribution. Just as not all obese people have heart disease risk factors nor do all skinny people have healthy ones. Many people are metabolically obese even though they have a normal weight. These people may face metabolic dysfunction such predisposition to type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and a high level of fats in the blood.
That’s why we should exercise regularly and eat healthy to enjoy a good, long life without pain and less suffering.
Studies from around the world proved that people who eat healthily are less likely to experience depression while an unhealthy diet can put people at an increased risk of depression. Eating healthy is not only about body weight, it’s more about feeling good physically and mentally.
Religious Leaders are Challenging Silence around Suicide
In the US, someone dies by suicide every 13 minutes and we tend not to talk about that. There is a cloak of secrecy and silence about suicide, but according to researchers if we start talking about suicide we might decrease the number of suicides.
Usually, religious leaders are not prepared to talk about that sin, suicide. We should be prepared to talk about anything in church or any other place where we pray and look for salvation, especially about the suicide. This conversation can decrease the number of suicides when the conversation is struck with a person who is on the edge and might be considering a suicide as an option. The conversation can help those who had a close family member who took their own life and who probably have a feeling of guilt. The mistake that religious leaders could make is to talk about suicide only as a sin, as something that we should not do because we might end up in hell.
Dr. Farah Abbasi who is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University said: “Mental illnesses are not spiritual weaknesses or failure of faith.” The very much needed conversation about mental health should be present in any formal or informal institution, especially in the context of suicide. People who decide to take their own lives usually struggle with major psychological issues and they can’t find the helping hand of an expert.
In 2012, almost 23% of houses of worship in the US provided a mental health program. The number is increasing which is good for the overall wellbeing of people around us.