Personal Pronouns, Cheeseburgers, and Heart Attacks

I’ve been thinking about some research that was conducted on the use of personal pronouns. I learned that people who frequently say I, me, and mine have a greater risk of coronary heart disease and having a fatal heart attack. Another study found that people who use these first person singular pronouns often are more likely to be depressed, and more vulnerable to stress. Both studies, on the other hand, found that those who use personal pronouns like we, us, and ours are often healthier and happier. What that means is that a hyper self-focused life is bad for us. That doesn’t mean you can just change your pronouns and pound down the cheese burgers and curly fries. But people who put others first are healthier, happier, and live longer than those who don’t.Think how different that is from what our culture tells us about what makes us happy. It’s also just awesome to know that what Jesus taught is good for the heart.

I’m beginning a new series Sunday called Breakthrough. It’s about our character and how it determines our influence. Over the next 5 weeks we are going to talk about the character traits that will give you a Breakthrough life. The first message is called Think Others First. It will be good for you!

See you Sunday,

David Emery

P.S. I stumbled on this research reading a book about Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. The Book of Joy chronicles a conversation between these two great religious leaders about how to find joy and happiness in life. The research they cited was conducted by Dr. Larry Scherwitz.