In­tegrity or noth­ing, no other choice

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PER­SON with in­tegrity is one who al­ways do the right thing even if no one is look­ing.

Web­ster dic­tionary de­fines in­tegrity as the qual­ity of be­ing hon­est or hav­ing strong moral prin­ci­ples. It is widely be­lieved that peo­ple with in­tegrity are gen­er­ally known to be trust­wor­thy, hon­est, and kind. This is a qual­ity that ev­ery­one should strive for

Ac­cord­ing to https://www.powerof­pos­i­tiv­ in­tegrity-traits/, there are 10 be­hav­iors that sig­nify some­one has true in­tegrity. Th­ese are the fol­low­ing:

1. Tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions. In­tegrity is all about hav­ing a high level of hon­esty. When some­one takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions, you know that they are an hon­est per­son. Peo­ple with in­tegrity choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.

2. Putting oth­ers’ needs above their own. Peo­ple who put the needs of oth­ers above their own needs or de­sires show true in­tegrity. Some­one with true in­tegrity is only in­ter­ested in do­ing the right thing.

3. Of­fer­ing to help oth­ers in need. Seth Mey­ers, Psy.d, says that vol­un­teer work is a great place to find peo­ple who have in­tegrity. This is be­cause peo­ple with true in­tegrity have no qualms of­fer­ing their time to help peo­ple in need. Whether it’s work­ing with oth­ers to build a house in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try, or help­ing out at the lo­cal food bank, some­one with true in­tegrity will be found help­ing those in need.

4. Giv­ing oth­ers the ben­e­fit of the doubt. Seth Mey­ers also says that some­one with in­tegrity doesn’t jump to con­clu­sions. They al­ways give oth­ers the chance to ex­plain them­selves, and move for­ward con­sid­er­ing those other points of view.

5. Choos­ing hon­esty in all things. In­tegrity means be­ing hon­est, and some­one with true in­tegrity will live this qual­ity ev­ery day. You can al­ways trust th­ese kinds of peo­ple to give you their hon­est opin­ion, and it will be a point of view that you can value.

6. Show­ing re­spect to ev­ery­one. Some­one with true in­tegrity knows that ev­ery­one de­serves re­spect and de­serves to be treated like a hu­man be­ing.

Peo­ple with true in­tegrity will never be caught be­ing rude to waiters or cus­tomer ser­vice work­ers.

7. Man­i­fest­ing hu­mil­ity. A per­son with in­tegrity will be proud of their ac­com­plish­ments, but they will at the same time be hum­ble. In other words, they know the dif­fer­ence be­tween con­fi­dence and ar­ro­gance. A per­son with true in­tegrity will know their strengths as well as their short­com­ings. They rec­og­nize their strong points, yet they’re al­ways striv­ing to bet­ter them­selves in some way.

8. Be­ing able to ad­mit they’re wrong. A per­son with true in­tegrity has no prob­lem ad­mit­ting when they’re wrong, or when they made a mis­take. You will find they are al­ways the first to stop, ad­mit their mistakes, and apol­o­gize if need be.

9. Show­ing reg­u­lar re­li­a­bil­ity. A per­son with true in­tegrity will al­ways show up to an obli­ga­tion. When they say you can count on them for some­thing, you know they will keep their word. In­tegrity is all about be­ing the best per­son you can be, and re­li­a­bil­ity is part of that. Peo­ple with true in­tegrity will never flake on you if they can help it. You can con­fi­dently rely on them.

10. Con­vey­ing true kind­ness. Above all, peo­ple with in­tegrity are kind. They’re not the type of per­son to say some­thing they don’t mean. They won’t say some­thing nice to your face and some­thing cruel to your back. A per­son with true in­tegrity knows that there is strength in be­ing un­re­lent­ingly kind.

Lastly, the web­site con­cluded that, in­tegrity is a trait that ev­ery­one should strive for. Th­ese traits and be­hav­iors will help any­one move to­wards be­com­ing a per­son with true in­tegrity. Of course, peo­ple with true in­tegrity do th­ese things be­cause it’s the right thing – not to be praised for their in­tegrity! That is part of the beauty of some­one who lives a life of in­tegrity.

This Cor­ner hopes that ev­ery­one will find in­tegrity as the only thing that will sep­a­rate right from wrong for there will never be neu­tral in be­ing right or wrong.* W

E ALL have ex­pe­ri­enced stress. It’s part of life. There’s good stress though, like when tak­ing an exam or en­gag­ing in sports or com­pe­ti­tions. This stress en­ables us ‘run the ex­tra mile’, so to speak.

Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal books, when you are stressed, the ner­vous sys­tem re­sponds by re­leas­ing a flood of stress hor­mones, in­clud­ing adren­a­line and cor­ti­sol, which rouse the body for emer­gency ac­tion. Your heart pounds faster, mus­cles tighten, blood pres­sure rises, breath quick­ens, and your senses be­come sharper. Th­ese phys­i­cal changes in­crease your strength and stamina, speed up your re­ac­tion time, and en­hance your fo­cus.

The body can re­cover from short-term stress. But be­ing stressed for a long time can lead to health is­sues. Prob­lems, anx­i­eties, pres­sure, loss of a loved one, trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences, de­pres­sion, sick­ness and a lot of other neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tions can cause long-term stress. It can also se­ri­ously in­ter­fere with your job and re­la­tion­ships.

When stressed, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als some­times rec­om­mend ex­er­cise, which can help lower stress and anx­i­ety by re­leas­ing en­dor­phins and im­prove sleep and self-im­age. There are also sev­eral sup­ple­ments that pro­mote stress and anx­i­ety re­duc­tion.

Well, here’s good news es­pe­cially for na­ture lovers. Ac­cord­ing to a new re­search, tak­ing at least 20 min­utes to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in con­tact with na­ture will sig­nif­i­cantly lower your stress hor­mone lev­els. Health­care prac­ti­tion­ers can use this dis­cov­ery, pub­lished in Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy, to pre­scribe “na­turepills” in the knowl­edge that they have a real mea­sur­able ef­fect.

Dr. Mary Carol Hunter, an As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and lead au­thor of this re­search said: “Our study shows that for the great­est pay­off, in terms of ef­fi­ciently low­er­ing lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol, you should spend 20 to 30 min­utes sit­ting or walk­ing in a place that pro­vides you with a sense of na­ture.”

In the re­search pa­per, na­ture is de­fined as any­where out­side that, in the opin­ion of the par­tic­i­pant, in­cluded a suf­fi­ciency of nat­u­ral el­e­ments to feel like a na­ture in­ter­ac­tion. Nat­u­ral el­e­ments, in my opin­ion, can mean trees, moun­tains, rivers, seashore or even stars at night. Per­haps a park, where some of th­ese el­e­ments are present, may pro­vide the venue for stress re­lief.

The prob­lem with some cities or towns is that they have no pub­lic park. Lucky for us in An­ge­les and Mabalacat, we have Clark. Dur­ing week­ends, the pic­nic ground is teem­ing with peo­ple who spend their time eat­ing, play­ing or sim­ply ly­ing down un­der the Aca­cia trees. The parade ground on the other hand is full of jog­gers and strollers ev­ery sin­gle day.

So, when you feel that you are about to erupt due to too much stress, just com­mune with na­ture. You can also lift up your spirit by thank­ing God for his won­der­ful cre­ation.*

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