A long time ago, men and women were experiencing a lot of stress. The leader of their religion had been tortured to death on a cross. The ruling superpower was persecuting them across the Globe. And economic opportunities were not in abundance, particularly if your family was not already wealthy.
In this environment, the writer of 2 Corinthians said, "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
One of the tricky things about pharmaceuticals is that each human's blood chemistry is different. We are individuals. Otherwise, all drugs would work exactly the same on everyone. Many people can take a drug without complications, but someone else may experience debilitating side effects.
In my case, the drug Actos worked very well in controlling my early-stage diabetes. Unfortunately, it also appeared to cause a significant amount of anxiety as well. As related in my book Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to...
While this may seem like an obvious statement, unhappiness really does cause stress. When we are unhappy, our mind's natural defense is to find a solution to the discomfort.
Remedies are great when they work. This sounds like something Yogi Berra would say, but it is true. If we keep trying remedies to our unhappiness and none of them work, the result is more and more stress.
People will find ways to release stress. Some of these are healthy physically, emotionally and spiritually, but fall short financially. For example, a...