Positive Attitude Affects Cardiovascular Health Research Shows

Dudley Evenson AttitudeWe’ve all heard about the mind-body connection and many have a vague idea of what that means, but it’s significant to find scientific research that actually validates how the mind affects the body. Imagine my delight when I came across stunning research illustrating clearly the concept that a positive attitude actually results in better cardiovascular health, supports cancer healing, and even helps with weight loss.

In a 2015 study published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review, 5000 people were studied over an eleven period according to their positive or negative attitude about life. The research clearly showed that those who had a positive outlook on life actually had better cardiovascular and general overall health. In other words – a happy heart equals a healthy heart!

The other research that caught my eye was a report I read in Mother Earth Living by Ellen Langer, a psychologist who was trying to understand the relationship between mental projection or suggestion and the physical body. She studied a group of hotel maids who were concerned about losing weight. One group was told that the work they were doing in the process of their job such as vacuuming floors, changing the beds, and cleaning bathrooms, actually exceeded the minimum guidelines for good physical activity that would contribute to weight loss. The people in that group actually lost weight compared with a control group doing the same kind of work who hadn’t received that information. Wow, can the mind actually help you lose weight?

Yet another study involved women who had been treated for breast cancer and had been deemed ‘clean and clear’ of cancer. Of two groups studied, the ones who felt they were ‘in remission’ didn’t fare as well as those who considered themselves ‘cured’. So this isn’t just about talking yourself into something. It is about the reality of what your mind perceives and then how it affects your physical body.

LaughterSo take this Chinese character of ‘Laughter’ to heart and enjoy this blessed life we are given. See yourself being well and happy and of course do all the other good things required for staying healthy like good diet and exercise. It all works together.

And let me know how you keep up your health and positive attitude. When you comment on my blog I’ll send you a free mp3 music track from Soundings of the Planet.

6 thoughts on “Positive Attitude Affects Cardiovascular Health Research Shows

  1. Nagaraj, you say that so beautifully. Somehow the ancients knew that we are all connected and that happiness is our birthright. A long time ago I came to realize that self-deprecating thoughts can make us sick and I have been on guard against letting such worries enter my consciousness. I am lucky to be married to Dean Evenson who continues to remind me to accept what I cannot change, and change what I cannot accept. Life is a blessed gift and the more we focus on that, the greater our happiness will be.

  2. it is now that we are understanding what power the mind has over the matter which was already known to our ancestors and much before that to our seers- the rishis and munis of India who foretold us that happiness was afterall the real goal of all quests and to be happy is the ultimate goal of life. i think we need to go back to our roots to discover how to be living this in truth in our environment as a person since we feel so much disconnected and out of sorts most of the time. It is time we looked back at our tradition with fresh eyes renewed strength and enthusiasm a keen sense of perception. this will restore and strengthen our faith in the Divine too.

  3. I love the idea that just the simple act of smiling increases happiness. And of course you would know that Dean as one of the happiest people in my life. Thanks for sharing your joy with everyone you meet!

  4. Healing in the body takes place more readily if a person is in a relaxed state and a happy person is usually someone who is allowing themselves to be free of stress and tension. It has been shown that even the act of smiling increases the various happiness chemicals released by the body itself. Our hearts are complex organs that have their own memory/neurological systems that are on their own. The more we can by pass our constant mental chatter the more we open up ourselves to the basic joy level that is always available to us.

  5. James, counting your blessings are a wonderful thing to do every day. So often people focus on what is wrong or lacking in their lives. As you know though looking a the positive things in our lives will increase the goodness. Long ago Dean and I learned this principle from a great teacher names Arnold Patent. He said ‘What you focus on expands.’ Now we know that principle as The Law of Attraction. It works!

  6. I try to do a”count your blessings” prayer everyday. Name a dozen or 2 dozen things I’m thankful for. Sometimes giving thanks for challenging people or situations to break free from the grip of bitterness. 

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