“There is a mind-body connection that is real and powerful.” – Monique Twello (Harvard)
- Breakthrough study from Stanford University reveals that our thoughts have a profound affect on our life and longevity.
- People who think they are healthy will live significantly longer than people who think they are unhealthy.
- Doctors encouraged to treat patients with positive thinking.
It is one of the oldest philosophical debates: do thoughts control life?
Many people have called it a stupid, romantic notion, the idea that simply thinking something could make it true. After all, how could something that occurs only in the mind possibly effect the entirety of our external reality?
On the flipside of the coin are those people who have felt first-hand what it feels like when the mind does indeed control their life—for better or worse.
They know firsthand what Roman poet Horace meant when he said, “Rule your mind or your mind will rule you.”
What does it feel like when the mind is controlling your reality?
Sometimes it feels like a dark room with a window through which sunlight may pour depending on the time of day.
I have personally suffered what is called Acute Stress Disorder. This was a time when my thoughts controlled my life in a bad way.
PsychCentral says Acute Stress Disorder is “characterized by the development of severe anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms that occurs within one month after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor (e.g., witnessing a death or serious accident).”
The mind was controlling my reality at this time. My mind was creating a hellish reality. I was suffering from negative thoughts. Those negative thoughts made me stay in bed all day. I did no exercise, barely moved at all, and was essentially living in a personal hell.
Negative thoughts will create a painful reality.
I challenge naysayers to tell someone who is suffering from anxiety or depression that the mind does not control reality. I assure you their mental scars prove otherwise.
Not all is darkness, though.
Sometimes the mind creates a heavenly reality.
I have been training my mind for positivity for five years now and I know firsthand that the mind can create a reality of splendor and wonder.
My own experience proves to me that the mind does create reality.
Even heaven and hell are just states of mind.
Turns out, some pretty high-up scientists agree.
Today, Stanford published a breakthrough study by the journal Health Psychology.
Stanford’s research shows that thoughts control life and health and that positive thinking can lower risk of death.
This study proves that people who think they are unhealthy are at greater risk of death.
But the research goes even further.
What you will find absolutely stunning is the fact that thinking you are healthy is actually more important than actually being fit.
That’s right. Thinking yourself healthy is more important than actually being fit.
Sounds remarkable. Yet this study is the work of one of the world’s best university’s and took over a decade to complete.
The researchers examined information collected by the National Center for Health Statistics take from over 60,000 people from 1990 and 2011. The people studied were all from different backgrounds and had a diverse range of fitness levels and health conditions.
Specifically, the study looked at:
- How often people performed different exercises and activities.
- How active people were
- Whether they smoked
- How often they were sick
- How active and healthy people thought they were.
- How much physical work or exercise they did each week
- The study also looked at an extensive range of demographic details.
Some of these participants were followed for as long as 21 years. And 10% died during the study-time.
Scientists gasped when they read the results
The researchers analysed the data extensively. They could not believe the results. They looked for reasons why the data might be inaccurate. They could find no reason. The results were accurate.
What stunned the scientists is this:
The data showed that if people think they are less fit than their peers they will have a significantly higher risk of death.
Risk of death is 18% higher for people who think they are less active than others.
People who think they are less activate are 71% more likely to die than people who consider themselves to be highly active people.
We now know how to lower risk of death: through positive thinking.
Scientists are searching for reasons to explain this. They think these results are caused by one of three things:
1: Mindset affects motivation If we feel inactivate we will be inactive and this will lead to us exercising less, leading to declining health. This is why mindset is critical when losing weight.
2: If we think we are less active than other people we will feel stress about it (stress is the number one killer in the world).
3: Placebo: The way we think about ourselves has a profound affect on our wellbeing.
In a nutshell: think you’re a healthy, active person and you will lower your risk of death.
How To Live Longer And Healthier Using Your Thoughts
We now know that our thoughts affect our health, wellbeing and longevity. Thoughts do control life.
Here are 5 ways to take advantage of this.
1: Master your mind (and thoughts) through meditation
Thinking positive thoughts about ourselves is the key to a long, healthy life. And the key to thinking positively is controlling the mind.
Buddha said, “What we think we become.” And science is proving Buddha right.
Buddha also taught that the key to controlling the mind is meditation.
Meditation stills the mind and give us power over it.
There are more than 31 different meditation techniques and some people prefer some to others.
Take a look at this guide to 31 meditation techniques and use the one that feels right for you as an individual.
2: Transform negative thoughts into positive ones
The Stanford Study confirms that negative thoughts adversely affect our health and longevity. One of the best ways of lowering risk of death is to remove negative thoughts.
I used to suffer from agonising negative thoughts. I took it upon myself to master my mind and to find ways to deal with negativity. And I found some great solutions.
One technique I like to use is this (try this now):
- Write your negative thoughts on paper.
- Read through them.
- Rewrite each negative thought, turning it into a positive thought.
- Recite each positive thought ten times or more (the more the better).
- This is a great way of turning negative thoughts into positive ones.
3: Recite a mantra to instill positive beliefs
A mantra is a phrase or a sacred sound that can be used to transform the mind and body.
You’ll probably love this guide to mantras. Take a look.
We can use mantras to create positive beliefs. Here’s how:
- Start by deciding what you would like to achieve with the mantra. Today, we’re going to use a mantra to create the belief that we are energetic and active.
- Write this down as a simple phrase. “I am being an energetic and active person”.
- Recite the mantra 108 times. Try it now.
This simple process instills the positive belief. And based on the science above, this means that a mantra like this will lower our risk of death.
4: Make positive-thinking automatic
One of the problems of the mind is that it is too easy to slip back into a negative mindset.
We can remedy this by making our mind think positively automatically.
5: Be more conscious, mindful, and grateful for activity and exercise
One way to boost positive self belief it to be more mindful of the activities and exercises we do.
When we practice mindfulness, we live in the moment and we are more aware of our actions. This makes us more conscious of the physical activities we do. This awareness is key. The Stanford University study states that it’s our belief in ourselves as active people that is paramount. To build that belief, be mindful of the actions and exercises you do.
You might also like to practice these 25 mindful activities too, which will slow the mind, create calmness, and heighten your consciousness.
Thoughts control life. And thinking positively can lower risk of death.
What we think we become. When we think we are active, healthy people destined for long, happy lives, we will be precisely that.
Let me know how you feel about this.
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