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Issue Date: My Turn NE February

Powerful force

Can you pray your way to good health? Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health indicate that prayer and spirituality are good medicine. Engaging in mindful reflection and prayer, the NIH discovered, boosts the immune system, helps people cope better with chronic illness, generates the production of disease-fighting antibodies and may improve one’s ability to heal.

Although spirituality can be religious in nature, it doesn’t have to be. Getting together with like-minded individuals who share common beliefs builds a sense of community and support.
Other ways to tap into your spiritual side include:
• Fostering meditation and quiet time alone for reflection
• Spending time in nature
• Discovering your creativity
• Exploring the links between physical and spiritual well-being through yoga and other fitness activities
Whatever you choose, you’re bound to feel better.

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