Hope and Your Health


The Christmas season can bring out the Bah-Humbug in some people. But for others, it’s a year-round attitude. Unfortunately, there’s a price to that pessimism.

Research shows people who live longer, healthier lives tend to handle stress well, have a positive attitude, and handle problems with resiliency. Besides this, they hold onto hope.

Hope is powerful. It affects our outlook, which impacts our emotional and physical health. As a physician, I’ve seen hopelessness lead to an agonizing list of ailments.

But I’ve also seen countless patients find a new, hopeful outlook on life.  And I’ve joyfully watched their relationships bloom and their mind, body and spirit flourish.

If you have this hope, be grateful. And if not, consider talking to a trusted pastor. It’s the perfect season for the birth of hope!

If you would like to see other blogs by Dr. Walt on this topic, click here and then click on today’s story.