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Health and Body Building.

(By Physical Guitarist),. In this article I purpose alluding to ithe great subject Personal Magnetism, and “in doing so let mo preface my re- ■ marks by stating* that the human body is an electric battery, and may 1)0 made one of great force if care is ta.klen to avoid such conduct, habits, or movements which cause loss of nerve force and magnetic power in the body.

Among other things which cause an overflow or waste of vital energy and magnetic force arc shocks, frights, sudden starts, jerky movements, short quick steps in walking, winking, irritability a nd ill temper. Now, two of the great essentials of magnetism are coolness and self-pos-session.

The man or woman who easily gets excited, who bocomes impatient, or jerky in his voice or movements is lacking in the great power. To my mind, two of the most common and deplorable weaknesses' of human nature are irritability and bad temper. The individual who has the misfortune to possess these undesirable trails of character in a marked degree, and not only has little control of himself or herself, but will ,bo fmin'd to be .sadly wanting in power to influence or govern or master others.

Such people arc most unmagnotic. The more one acquires the power to check or repress his feeling's of irritability and had temper the more magnetic he becomes. It is the height of follo.v to allow ourselves to be annoyed, ami get out of temper ; in other words, abandon ail self-control and calmness on account of things which often, when viewed in a dispassionate, sensible anti broad light, are but petit' or small matters. V\e are apt to make too much of many little annoyances, and which the broad-minded, self-possessed person passes over with calmness and composure of the mind. ?t is of the utmost importance that one and all of us should persistently and firmly resolve t<v acquire perfect command over our moods and feeling's. otherwise it is only a matter of time when they will obtain control over us, ami make ns their slaves, not to speak of the suffering and pain which they' as a consequence entail. The reason why so many parents, teachers, mistresses and employers are poor disciplinarians, and exercisi- little or no control or influence over those under them is tiecause they have no mastery over themselves.

Like spoilt children, they are easily annoyed, and give way to their irritated feelings by exhibitions of, temper which militates against, their authority and destroys their influence over those tinder them. AH good disciplinarians, whether •they be teachers, parents, etc., are by nature cool, calm, collected, serious, and soil'd. ii people would only think, and realise how little is gained by violent language or displays of temper, they would 'drop such foolish conduct, and cultivate and exhibit patience, calmness, and solidity, which are such potent, factors for making lor effectiveness anti success in all things. How true it is that the person who is easily irritated, and loses his temper in conversation or in argument, generally fails to make any impression or achieve success. it is the words and actions of the •self-possessed man or woman that are most effective and tell every lime. These well-balanced persons always command attention and win respect. Many people have killed a good cause, and failed in their ■desire to persuade others by the use of immoderate language, bitter condemnation ami extreme utterances. Whether in writing or speaking, the person who habitually gives way to or indulges in abuse, belittlement. revenge, or other such moods, exercises but little weight or influence with his readers or hearers. The talkative, flippant, gossiping individual is another person that exertis but little influence on his hearers. (To be Continued).

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Health and Body Building., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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Health and Body Building. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 9 March 1907

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