Positive Thinking Can Improve Your Health
In my latest book, Cleanse and Detoxify Your Body: 28 days to better health using nutrient-dense whole foods I stated that you have tremendous power over your health, happiness and life . . .it starts with what you put in your mouth.
But, what you think and say can affect your health too and you might not be aware of the amount of power you have to with positive thinking.
Positive Thinking – A History
Doctors have long been telling patients to “look on the bright side”, to “hope and pray”, “keep a positive attitude”, and much more. When it comes to positive thinking the road toward optimal health is a pretty easy one.
Because thoughts are powerful.
Most studies have revolved around the placebo effect. Patients are given a sugar pill and in more than 30% of the cases the patients improved, no matter what the disease. Obviously it isn’t the pill that heals them, but it’s the belief that the pill will give them better health. Dr. Larry Dossey explains in his book, Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing, “Eventually it becomes clear that our emotions, attitudes, and thoughts profoundly affect our bodies, sometimes to the degree of life or death. Soon mind-body effects were recognized to have positive as well as negative impacts on the body. This realization came largely from research on the placebo effectâ€”the beneficial results of suggestion, expectation, and positive thinking.”
Positive Thinking – a New Study
The latest study supports previous studies suggesting positive thinking can promote healing. In the 1970’s more than 8,000 people were asked to self-rate their health and given a medical check-up.
Three decades later the participants were reassessed and scientists discovered that those who initially responded positively, were more likely to outlive those who replied negatively.
Researchers took into account other risk factors affecting life expectancy, including tobacco, chronic diseases, and high blood pressure.
Positive Thinking – Self Test
Try and example on yourself. Research shows that the heart rate increases during stress. Take your heart rate first thing in the morning, mid-day, and at night. Compare this to your heart rate when you are stressed. Compare again to your heart rate when you are content, happy, calm, and positive thinking (like after meditating). Interesting, huh?
Other research has shown physiological changes from positive thinking including improving the immune system – perhaps these do contribute to healing.
Positive Thinking – Take Aways
So here’s my thoughts:
When we focus our minds on positive thinking our health may get better. Certainly we can enhance a state of wellness. When it comes to the benefit of positive thinking to your health, results continue to suggest it’s worth a try. There’s no risk and potentially a lot to be gained. So, look for the silver lining in the cloud next time.