So, happiness and health… are the two linked?
Can positive belief and hope trigger self-healing superpowers after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness? Well, according to recent research, the answer is a resounding YES!
The mind-body connection that we have been toying with for the past couple of decades really does have hard science behind it, and the statistics are staggering!
According to a review published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers reviewed 16 studies that spanned over 30 years looking at patients’ attitudes after surgery. In each case the better a patient’s expectations about how they would do after the surgery, the better they did. The review concluded that the power of positive thinking is real. Fact is, studies show that happy people cope better with stress, are more resilient, have stronger immune systems, and live longer.
Also, the “Placebo effect” proves that positive thinking is “real” medicine. When given a sugar pill instead of a prescription drug, an average of 30% of subjects will show a positive response. What causes this response isn’t a physical substance, but the activity of the mind-body connection. Studies that debunk positive thinking deal with very sick patients struggling to recover from major diseases. The real point is not to rescue or cure a dying patient, but to maintain wellness.
Injuries or illness are an unavoidable part of life, and it’s hard to stay on top of things and get through when you’re not feeling well, but you can choose how you react to your situation. There is much to be gained and no risks involved in following the “glass-half-full” approach. Someone once said: “If you change the way you see things, the things you see change.”
So, tap into your own powers of recovery by loving yourself. Be kind to yourself, and don’t skimp on the self-care. When you’re not feeling well a tracksuit and PJs are usually on high rotation, right? But, your body needs you to take care of it; so, take a shower, wash your hair, maybe a little perfume? Focus on what you can do. So, you can’t tie your shoelaces, drive your car, or go shopping but you could Facetime your friends and cuddle your kids. Spend time with loved ones. Embrace those who reach out to you. Seek shoulders to lean on, and use this time to get close to those you care about. Share thoughts, feelings and desires. Help others. Doing what you can to help others will put your struggles in perspective and give you someone to relate to. Meditate. Be mindful and allow yourself a break from responsibilities. Read. Find books, podcasts or quotes that inspire you and keep them close. Laugh. Proven to prevent heart disease, lower stress hormones, strengthen the immune system and reduce food cravings.
Hurt, sadness and ailments are part of life and positive thinking cannot erase them, but it can influence how we respond to them, and that can make all the difference, don’t you think?
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