The factors which contribute most to emotional stability

Duke University’s landmark study on peace of mind found that the factors which contribute most to emotional stability are: the absence of resentment, not living in the past, not wasting energy fighting things you cannot change, cooperating with life instead of trying to run away from it, refusing to indulge in self-pity, and accepting the fact that nobody gets through life without some misfortune. But, underlying all these factors, the study says that to really achieve peace of mind, we have to find something bigger than ourselves to believe in; and that, of course, is the reason why people with faith in God consistently score higher in tests for measuring happiness. For them the words of scripture are a living reality: ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’

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