If you’re sick, can you think yourself healthy? How much power does your mind really have when it comes to healing your body?
These are questions that have been debated for decades. Some experts feel that your attitudes and beliefs have no bearing on whether or not you fall ill while others suggest that your mind has an amazing amount of power when it comes to your physical health. Who wins? Research is showing that it’s the latter.
The Mind/Body Connection
“Aside from eating breakfast, the biggest predictor of longevity is psychological resiliency – being able to roll with the punches that life throws at us,” says Mark Hyman, MD. Dr. Hyman goes on to say that although people generally think of the mind and body as two separate entities that share a connection, it’s more than that. They are one system that works together for the sake of the body.
One study published in The New England Journal of Medicine confirms that emotional distress has a huge impact on physical health. They studied nineteen people who suffered cardiac issues after they were involved in an unexpected emotionally upsetting situation. Their conclusion? Emotional stress can cause heart issues in otherwise healthy people.
Several studies have found similar results. Sheldon Cohen, PhD, David A. J. Tyrrell, MD and Andrew P. Smith, PhD conducted research on 394 healthy individuals by giving them nasal drips that contained a cold virus. They found that the people who perceived their lives to be stressful had a higher rate of infection.
How to Think Yourself Healthy
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