(Investigator 54, 1997 May)

The Bible has lots of health-promoting counsel.

This we expect from scriptures such as:

I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
(John 10:10)

My son, be attentive to my words
For they are life to him who finds them,
and healing to all their flesh.
(Proverbs 4:20-22)

Consider an example. Kaye (1978) wrote: "If you have recognized how much you and others prize being understood, you will also have recognized how important it is for you to do your best to understand them."

Pennebaker & Susman (1988) wrote: "We have demonstrated that the disclosure of important personal events has physical and psychological benefits."


Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)

Therefore confess you sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. (James 5:l6)

If you're interested in health issues and want to know how to maximise your chances of a long healthy life an essential reference is The Holy Bible.


Kaye, J 1978 May On Interpersonal Perception And Communication, The University of Adelaide Department of Psychology, p. 17.

Pennebaker, J W & Susman, R 1988 Disclosure of Traumas And Psychosomatic Processes, Social Science And Medicine, Volume 26, No.3, pp 327-332.