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ALIZA BAT JAMILA
ALICE FRANCO A'H
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Watch your diet, get a good night's sleep, exercise regularly and avoid stress are all part of a doctor's prescription for a healthy heart. Our sages say that one must develop a good heart, but their intention is quite a different story. Yes, a person must take care of his or her physical well being. It is a Torah requirement. But one must also work constantly on developing a good heart.
One must learn not to be suspicious, jealous or hateful. Envy is a disease of the heart. Short temper can deal a more deadly blow than cholesterol buildup. Kindness and empathy work much better than pills in developing a healthy demeanor. Cheerfulness and pleasantness give one a longevity that Prozac can't provide. Besides the internal benefits a good heart produces it also attracts people to the one who is pleasant and outgoing like flies to honey. People look for opportunities to share their thoughts and their concerns with one who demonstrates the qualities that indicate a "good heart."
Today you might start to do one of those things that are harmful to development of your good heart. If so --stop. Check your emotional heart monitor and then change direction from anger to calm, from envy to generosity, from tension to calm. It only takes a minute but its health benefits are immeasurable.
ANOTHER THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
People who are afraid to ask questions often visualize someone becoming angry at them for asking. To solve this they can create pictures of themselves asking questions and the people who are asked are grateful for the opportunity to do an act of kindness by answering the questions. Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Courage p. 84
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