Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Everybody hurt"

This article I read today clears the way for the much needed explanation why sometimes we feel pain in our chest when someone hurts us without even touching us. As the article begins:

"Like a jab in the arm with a red-hot poker, social rejection hurts. Literally. A new study finds that our brains make little distinction between the sting of being rebuffed by peers -- or by a lover, boss or family member -- and the physical pain that arises from disease or injury."

Albeit pretty obvious, it is an investment in our life to ensure we create healthy relationships with people around us as these relationships ensure us a better life:
"That may help to explain why so many studies are finding that people who feel a rich sense of social connection are live longer and healthier lives than those who are lonely or socially isolated, said Eisenberger."

I am reminded of the song by R.E.M. some years back called 'Everybody hurt'. As the song says: “'Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends”. I would go one step further and say, everybody hurts, take comfort in your faith. It's our faith in the unseen that informs us no matter how much of a discomfort we are in, we have a higher power watching over us and taking us through it.

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