Last year, researchers from Northwestern University performed a unique study. They studied whether wearing a white lab coat, like those worn by doctors and scientists, could cause an individual to perform and focus better on a test.

They created some tests and asked participants to put on those stale, white coats normally associated with doctors and scientists. Although the tests were medical or scientific, they found that the students who wore the white coats performed much better than those who wore regular clothes.

I am not suggesting that we should all go out a buy white lab coats, but this test reminds us that how we dress does make an impact. Our dress could determine our mood, our self-esteem or even our logic and reasoning.  Similarly, the Apostle Paul said to the Colossian believers “…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”(Colossians 3:12)

Instead, how often do we wake up and put on the attitudes of: coldness, cruelty, pride, coarseness, or impatience? We think that these attitudes will not affect us at home or at work, but they do! We think others won’t notice we are wearing negativity, but they do! We think that people don’t really care, but they do!

So you see, our clothes really do matter. A white coat will help you focus your mind, but clothing yourself with compassions, and kindness will help focus your heart.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D