Patience is not a virtue that we spend much time thinking about in this busy world. However, it’s a virtue that has the ability to add both calm and depth to our lives. A patient attitude has the power to peacefully carry us through the highs and lows of life and help us to maintain our sense of groundedness and well-being.
Patience Cultivates Good Health
Studies have shown that patient people have fewer problems with acne flare-ups, headaches, diarrhea, and pneumonia. There seems to be a link between a calm demeanor and better health and well-being. Conversely, studies have shown that impatient people are more prone to a whole host of sicknesses. It turns out the so-called type-A personality type is usually rather impatient and far more prone to upsets and irritability.
Patience Helps Us Achieve Goals
Patience gives us the energy to work towards our goals. This virtuous attitude helps with the process that takes place between the time you set a goal and the time you achieve the goal. It helps us to stay focused and consistent. Patience is the fuel that will see us through those long nights of studying and those tough days when the baby just won’t stop crying. It’s patience that allows us to gracefully navigate those difficult situations when we’d rather lose it.
Patience Builds Better relationships
Patience is the glue that keeps relationships intact and creates a safe atmosphere for difficulties to occur without fear of losing the bond. When you exercise an attitude of patience you have more tolerance for difficult situations that aren’t going as planned. It also helps you to meet consistently difficult situations with a graceful and calm attitude. This virtue is especially helpful for parents. Many parents have felt like yelling at bedtime when their kids just wouldn’t settle down enough to go to sleep. After a busy day of working with captive insurance companies, most working parents are tired and not in the mood to deal with playful children.
Patience can be a difficult virtue to master. However, with enough practice and a mindful attitude, it is possible. No one is perfect. This is a virtue that we consistently have to practice. Once we begin to get used to practicing this habit there are many benefits that can be derived from it. Patient people have better health, relationships, and a better chance at achieving their goals. Patience is the fire that fuels dreams, maintains relationships, and gets us through those tough spots in life with our dignity and calm still intact.