Owning our Health: Well-being is not dependent on emojis :)

Anna Bowness-Park, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, explores the current use of emojis that can have a direct-sometimes negative effect-on health and emotional wellbeing. Emojis are very familiar to most of us – little pictures that depict certain emotional responses when writing articles, reports, medical predictions or just for fun. Recent research has revealed that using emotional triggers (especially negative ones) can be more detrimental to health than previously thought. Anna shares her insight on the positive effects of shifting focus from emotional responses to a deeper, spiritual connection that has been proven to be effective in promoting better physical and mental health.

emoticons finalLast week, Oxford Dictionaries proudly proclaimed its word of the year – “tears of joy.” It is actually a word picture, popularly used on social media as an emoji.

The dictionary even released an amusing emoji video to celebrate the occasion.

In this age, our emotions are frequently on display throughout social media. With the click of a button, we can choose from a vast array of emojis to describe what we are feeling. It’s never been easier to broadcast how we feel.

But this year’s word choice by Oxford should encourage us to think about how our emotions are used by advertising companies and the media to get us to react to everything from politics, to buying a car, to what food we should eat or how we should view our health.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues. As a Christian Science practitioner, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others. She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org