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Fotolia_69793015_Subscription_Monthly_MDon’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious—don’t get infected. (Proverbs 22:24-25, MSG)

Do you work with HICs?

Not sure?

Oh you know.

What are HICs?

Hothead Infected Christians.

Now you know, right?

The names of HICs just flashed across your mind.

Somewhere along the way, they decided—or were allowed to develop—a bad temper. And you are in danger of catching it from them, of becoming a Hothead Infected Christian yourself.

“Oh no, Dr. Joey,” you say. “Not me.”

Yes you. Here’s why:

In 1948, Boston University and a research team began a heart disease project searching for indicators that predict heart attacks. More than twelve thousand persons from three generations have participated. The results are fascinating not only in predicting heart attacks but also in proving the undeniable nature of how we infect each other with our behavior.

Obesity is a direct correlative to heart attacks. The Framingham Heart Study found that obese people influence one another, and if you are not obese but associate with obese persons, you are about 171 percent more likely to become obese yourself.

Think about it. Keeping company with individuals who have unhealthy eating habits creates the context in which your nutrition behavior changes which effects your physical characteristics.

Divorce is a major life stressor. Researchers studying the effects of divorce on heart attacks also discovered that if you socially associate with mostly divorced persons, you are about 147 percent more likely to divorce yourself.

Think about it. If you work in an office with people who chronically complain about their spouses, or ex-spouses, pretty soon your view of your spouse becomes jaundiced.

You very quickly become impatient with your spouse’s shortcomings and look for greener grass on the other side of the bed rather than staying home and fertilizing your own.

The people you hang out with make a difference in how you act. The ones you keep company with determine to a large extent who you are.

Avoid HICs at all costs.

Bad temper is contagious.

Instead hang out with ETCs, i.e., Even Tempered Christians. They still get angry. They just express it differently, more Christ-like.

You know who they are.

Keep company with ETCs instead of HICs and increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.

Dr. Joey Faucette

Adapted from the #1 best-seller Faith Positive in a Negative World. Get your copy from Amazon to

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