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Why Humility Is Good For Your Health

By Chris Brown

Humility is an oft overlooked value in today's modern social media world. It is the flashy that generates the clicks, after all. But there may be some non-clickable health values to staying humble. Humility can improve your mental and physical states while also improving your performance and likeability. Who knows, working on humility may even end up making your improved, healthier self the loudest statement of all.

Better cardiac regulation - Your heart responds to your emotions in a symbiotic way. Possibly because of the anxiety-inducing side-effects of narcissistic self-indulgence, the humble experience better emotional and cardiac regulation according to a medical review by Michigan's Hope College.

Higher self-esteem - Counterintuitively, lowering self-obsession actually improves your personal self-esteem. This is because self-esteem is ultimately based around an honest approach to one's own weaknesses and strengths. And the self-obsessed are rarely honest about themselves. The honesty that comes with accepting your limitations generates an inner strength based upon your true intrinsic value as an imperfect human. After all, if you are not fooling yourself into seeing perfection in the mirror, mistakes hold less dramatic weight and you become more confident in the process.

More self-control - Humility turns your attention from yourself to others, placing less importance upon your own immediate desires. This, it turns out, gives humble people more self-control according to some studies, as their impulsive desires are less important.

Increased cognitive performance at work and school - Two separate studies in 2006 and 2011 found that humble people did better academically and had increased job performance. This makes sense, as humility forces one to evaluate their faults for improvement. In an academic setting, this means studying areas of weakness which forces the brain to become smarter and more pliable for learning.

Stronger relationships - A 2012 study of college students at Georgia State University found that humility was a main trait in building stronger bonds and repairing broken relationships after a fight. This is likely because humble people are more open to seeing other's points of view and accepting both themselves and others as a whole. Strong and healthy relationships are essential elements of a satisfied, reduced-stress life.

The health benefits of humility are reason enough to calm your ego. However, behind these peripheral health benefits is an even greater benefit: a more fulfilled, happier life. Unfortunately, humility is increasingly difficult in our modern look-at-me, Instagram-filter age. In order to join the elite ranks of the humble, one has to actively try daily to appreciate those around them and accept themselves, faults and all.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

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