Affecting Your Health Through the Power of Positive Thinking

Anthony Clavien VeritasA book by the name “The Power of Positive Thinking,” published in 1952, remained on the New York Times best-sellers list for 186 weeks. Do the readers of this book know something we don’t? Positive thinking is a great ideology that we have all considered at one point or another, but what benefits come with approaching life in this manner? Turns out you are better off making a real effort to incorporate a little positive thinking into everything you do.

In addition to helping you approach difficult situations with a more optimistic approach, it can also affect your health! According to the Mayo Clinic, “Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health.” Still not convinced?

The placebo effect, an old form of research where a sugar pill was given without the participant knowing it wasn’t real medication, was once only used in regards to medication. Now research is using this theory in new ways unrelated to medication altogether.  One study, in particular, established a direct correlation between our thoughts and how they can affect the body. A group of housekeepers were told that their job was good exercise, without any change in their routine other than the suggestion that they were getting a workout while at work (hence changing their perception).  These subjects showed a decline in their weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio and BMI four weeks later.

Anthony Clavien is a long-time believer in the power of positivity. The growing amount of research finding that one’s state of mind can directly influence the outcome of any situation, even your body type, should influence us all to think in a more positive direction.

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