Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Power of Positive Thinking

I know that when I'm in a good mood, it's easy to have good thoughts and when I'm having just a whopper of a day (sarcasm) it's pretty easy to focus on everything that's not going so great.  And when I think about it, when I'm having those bad thoughts, my body has a tendency to not feel so great either.  That's because there is a connection from our brain to our body.  The spinal cord.  You know, that thing that chiropractors work to keep stress free by keeping the spine in tip top shape.  But you don't only feel cruddy when the spine is out of alignment, you can also feel cruddy when your thoughts are out of alignment.

You see, everything your mind does has some sort of effect on you as a whole.  You tell yourself to pick up a penny off the sidewalk, your body does it.  You ate an apple, your brain tells your innards to digest it.  You think good thoughts, your body feels good.  In fact, there's a whole realm of study dedicated to your thoughts and how they affect your body and your well-being.  It's called Psychoneuroimmunology. 

Psychoneuroimmunology is a relatively new area of study but it's been gaining steam within the recent years.  The whole basic premise is that your brain (psycho) is connected to your immune system (immunology) via your nerves (neuro).  And the main focus of the majority of their studies has been the correlation between your thoughts and your health.  And the overwhelming consensus is that your health is directly related to the "health" of your thoughts.  Sounds pretty crazy but it's true. 

In order to try it out, one easy way to make yourself have positive thoughts, is to think of what you are grateful and thankful for everytime you notice that you are in a crummy mood.  Try it out for a couple of weeks and see how you feel.  If any readers have any suggestions, feel free to comment because there are a plethora of other ways to increase your positive thought load.  One more way to get your lifestyle closer to a wellness lifestyle.

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