Researchers have found time and time again that people who possess a generally positive mental attitude are more likely to lead healthier and longer lives. If you’re happy, you’re healthy, and vice-versa.
Your mind can be your own worst enemy or your best friend. Increasingly, it is being documented that the ‘mind over matter’ approach can actually produce real perceivable results in your health.There have been many studies pertaining to the nature of the mind-body relationship, and how your mental state can affect your body’s biological functions.
For example, you’ve probably heard at some point how terrible continual stress can be for your health. High levels of stress cause hormonal changes that obstruct the body’s natural healing process. As the body relaxes, the immune system functions more optimally. It certainly is easier said than done, but changing your mental response to life’s challenges and learning to think positively will help to reduce stress, thus enabling your body to promote healing.
In clinical studies where patients are given placebos, they often respond to them positively due to the belief that they are getting some form of medicine. Strongly indicating that mental state plays a critical role in how personal health improves, or declines.
A positive attitude and an optimistic demeanor will help you overcome many trials in life, be it physical, mental, or emotional.
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