Daily Thanks – 8 of 30

My son had a fever the other day and had to stay home from school. After a few days he got better but then his brother caught the cold and now has a fever. It made me think about why the body heats up when we get sick.
It seems that fevers are actually part of the body’s defense mechanism to fight off viruses and bacteria. The fever not only makes the body a less desirable host for pathogens, it also triggers our immune system – the special set of cells, tissues, and organs that protect our bodies against infection and disease – to spring into action.
When I think about it this way, on Day 8, it actually makes me Thankful that my son had contracted a slight fever because now I know his body is functioning properly and is trying to fight off the bad germs that have entered his body. What a spectacular body we are blessed with!
When it’s our turn and we’re sick in bed with a fever, instead of complaining about how miserable we are, let’s try to stay positive by recognizing what our body is doing and be THANKFUL that our immune system is functioning the way it should to help us get better.
Keeping the mind of gratitude and a positive outlook, even when we are not feeling our best, will also help to boost the production of white blood cells and speed up the process of recovery.

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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