Laughter colors the cheeks, puffs up the lungs, firms the muscles, fortifies the immune system, stabilizes blood sugar levels, adds endorphins to the brain and T cells to the immune system, aerates the capillaries, reduces stress hormones and toxins, dulls pain and inflammation, and tickles the funny bone.
– The Revenge of Anguished English, Richard Lederer, page xiv
The “layman” need never think of his humbler task as being inferior to that of his minister. Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For such a man, living itself will be sacramental and the whole world a sanctuary. His entire life will be a priestly ministration. As he performs his never so simple task he will hear the voice of the seraphim saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”
– The Pursuit of God, A. W. (Aiden Wilson) Tozer, Kindle Edition, page 91 (p. 91)
List-making to calm anxiety goes beyond just writing down the items that need to be accomplished, but it does start there. List-making involves an accurate appraisal of how long each thing will take and what is most important. When you can actually know how much is possible to get done in a day, you can have reasonable expectations of how it will get done. The decision of what to do at what time resolves the ambiguity of what is going to get done and resolves the anxious self-talk about not doing enough or not doing it perfectly.
–The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, Margaret Wehrenberg, Page 153