An article recently came out regarding the research of “hope molecules.” Myokines are chemicals secreted when muscles contract. Myokines are known for their positive effects: Anti-aging qualities, improvement of negative mood, and overall increased mental and physical health. The research shows that exercise is a great source for these molecules of hope.
And I wonder, where else can hope be found? The data points to the treadmill and Pilates as best known practices. No disagreement from me. However, I challenge us to both run the mile and run towards faith.
Hope can be sourced in the pews of the synagogue and within the embraces of community. It is in our being together in which we realize that even with our struggles, we are not meant to be alone. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks teaches, “Optimism is the belief that things will get better. Hope is the belief that, together, we can make things better.”
Science reminds us that hope potentially heals physical ailments. And when anchored in faith, it is hope that heals the soul.
May you find hope. May hope find you.
In partnership with The Jewish Journal, you can find Rabbi Guzik’s blog post HERE.