KukaKuka, Let’s Talk Story: No stress, jus bless
Opinion by Rick Baptiste
No Stress Jus Bless. What’s that all about? Thriving as a community has a lot has to do with our small island community “living large.” I don’t mean “living large” as in urban city life but as an uber-island, meaning, “an outstanding or supreme example” and in our case, a happy, blessed, community that thrives because of the Aloha lifestyle that feeds on itself.
Let’s first take a look at “stress.” According from what I read when I Googled, “stress and effects on health”, you may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit. The article said that stress effects your body in the form of headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, and sleep problems. Stress can have effects on you mood in the form of anxiety, lack of motivation, irritable, anger, sadness, and depression. Stress can also affect your behavior, like overeating/under-eating, angry outbursts, drug /alcohol abuse, and social withdrawal. Do you see any of these symptoms on our island?
Have you ever heard the phrase, “misery breeds company.” I have, and although I believe it is a true statement, I think “happiness is contagious” is also true. So, choose to be happy. Choose to be friendly, choose to smile, open the door for someone, help Aunty carry her groceries, pick up the trash that is staring at you on the ground. Guess what? If you are doing something nice and blessing somebody, then you are not making trouble or causing problems. Hint of the day: If you have a choice of being right or being kind, choose to be kind!
Science says that good vibes gets passed around when you are kind that it has a ripple effect. According to one article, “seeing—or even just reading about—others’ courage, compassion, or generosity can not only make us better people but increase the likelihood we’ll do good works of our own.” Science basically states that when you do an act of kindness, you will be blessed, they will be blessed, others that see it happening will be blessed and even those that just hear about it or read about it are blessed. No stress, jus bless!