We’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.
So 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.
Yesterday really felt like spring and the sun actually graced us with its glowing presence for a few hours. Dean and I had fun putting the covering on the hoop green house and it felt good to just be outside in the warming air. While Dean busied himself with the technicalities of bracing the hoop structure, I turned my attention to the strawberry patch. Since it’s been raining so much lately, even though it was well mulched with leaves, the dandelions, grass and buttercups have really taken a hold of the area.
I actually love to weed my garden but trying to weed out the buttercups from the strawberries is quite a task. For one thing, the buttercups tend to mimic the strawberries in how they grow sending out runner roots to connect with other plants. They create quite an interconnected community! At a glance they even look like strawberries. Even so, we’ve had a fun couple days getting our hands in the dirt and preparing to plant our next season’s food.
What an honor to live in a climate where water is plentiful. We just spent a couple weeks in Costa Rica and got to experience the challenge of a very dry climate. Of course every area on Earth has its pluses and minuses. You could say our ‘abundance of rain’ is a minus, but of course it can also be a plus as our lush, green forests will attest to.
I could babble on about gardens and how much I love nature but I will sign off for now and go make dinner. Ever since our visit to Blue Spirit for the Deva Premal/Miten workshop (see pic below of the kind of food we ate), I have been inspired to make my meals more interesting, with lots of raw yummy veggies. Fortunately, we can purchase fresh, organic vegetables from Everybody’s Store and the Rome Store, two family-owned markets that are located close to our home so we have the ingredients. Now for the creative expression combining healthy with beauty.
On another post I will carry on about the amazing yoga retreat called Blue Spirit where we stayed in Nosara, Costa Rica. In the meantime, eat healthy and spend time in nature. The Earth is much more that just a home! And get ready for the 45th annual Earth Day coming up soon April 22, 2015.
I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful video from Jack LaLanne who was an early forerunner of the fitness movement. Jack enthusiastically taught people how to be healthy through nutrition, exercise and good attitude. Hey doesn’t that sound familiar? It’s what we’ve been talking about for years. This video encapsulates his tone and spirit and is a good one to watch over and over whenever you are feeling down in the dumps. All the money in the world can’t seem to buy happiness so perhaps we need to take a clue from people who have less in the form of material wealth but seem to have it going in the spiritual wealth department. Thank you Jack LaLanne for being such an inspiration! May we continue the quest you began for true health and happiness and share what we have been learning.
Let me know how you find happiness even when times are tough.