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A Positive Mental Attitude Affects Your Health

November 24, 2004 | 17,089 views
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Staying healthy is an important and vital part of life. According to studies, there are various social and psychological factors that can play a role in maintaining a healthy heart:
  • Practicing yoga or meditating
  • Being married
  • A strong social network
  • Not perceiving oneself as anxious

It was discovered that individuals who excelled in these four areas had better outcomes in several cardiovascular studies.

Positive Proof For Positive Heart Health

In one study, yoga and meditation seemed to relax arteries in people suffering from cardiovascular disease. The study involved 33 people (with and without cardiovascular disease) who took three yoga and meditation classes each week for six weeks. Researchers found that 69 percent of those with cardiovascular disease experienced an improvement in artery dilation.

It was also found that social support, especially being married, reduced the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

In another study of individuals with a history of heart failure, it was discovered that those who perceived themselves as anxious and had low levels of social support were more likely to be re-admitted to the hospital.

Finally, researchers found that social factors predicted the development of depression among individuals with heart failure. Such social factors include:

  • Living alone
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Health status
  • Feelings of drowning under medical bills

As an individual increases the amount of these above social factors in their life, they increase the chance of succumbing to depression.

Yahoo News November 8, 2004


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The studies described in this article are a few more examples of how factors in your everyday life play an important role in maintaining your health. It's always encouraging to see that researchers are starting to make the connection between the healing process and emotional health.

It doesn't matter how devoted you are to a proper diet and lifestyle, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing. That is why I suggest adopting the concept of my psychology tool Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

EFT is a psychological acupressure technique that can help you to channel your stress-related thoughts and leave you feeling calmer and more able to face your challenges. You can use my free EFT manual to learn this technique, or you can seek assistance from my EFT Series on DVD or VHS.

I have listed a number of positive affirmations below that you can use while tapping on the EFT points (see my free manual) that will have an amazing ability to turn your life around. Folks, this is absolutely free. The only thing that you have to lose is the time that it takes to try them. But just think of the upside. You can be turn your entire life around and start to live in radiant abundant joy.

"It’s amazing how well my day goes. It is as if the Universe knows who I am and what I want and things flow to me in such a timely way. It is as if I am dancing with the Universe.

"Emergencies are non-existent in my physical experience. The people that come to me are benefiting from their exposure to me. It is as if I have a secretary in the sky that is taking care of everything and just feeding it to me with such ease and grace and comfort that my day just flows and unfolds magnificently.

"When I wake up in the morning, I am infused with the energy of well-being. I’m just glad to be alive. I can hardly wait to exercise my body and I am thankful for the time I can spend with my children.

"When they awaken, my children and spouse are joyful and happy to be alive and we have such fun interacting with one another. This is some of the most precious time of our day as we embark upon our day together -- positively anticipating what will unfold.

"As I make my way to different events of my day, I experience a lovely time. I am very appreciative of all the wonderful people in my life. I am grateful for the spiritual support I receive and the angelic help that is taking care of the details and making sure that this day unfolds in a magical way.

"I love seeing their attention to detail, and I love seeing them eagerly finding more ways to make everything go comfortably. I love recognizing that they’re helping me bring my life into balance.

"I love being a wife/husband. I love being a mom/dad. I love getting into a space wherein I realize that I can deal with anything. I love connecting with the infinite power and knowledge of my life. I love knowing the benefit I offer to others. Most of all, I love the joy of the unfolding of my life. I love the new surprises that come my way, my ability to move with them, and the inspiration that comes to me effortlessly. I love knowing that I can participate in anything I want to participate in. I love knowing I have infinite choices."

Another great way to make sure you have good social and psychological health is through prayer. I believe the spirit within us works in concert with our bodies to strengthen the whole person. Moreover, I believe that negative thoughts and emotions eventually hurt our bodies in one way or another.

It doesn't make sense to me why someone would NOT utilize this resource, as the only thing it will cost you is your time. One simple, powerful application of prayer that I recommend is journaling, which has been shown to be useful in treating chronic illness.

Ultimately, we choose our mental state by how we deal with things in our lives. Optimism plays a large role in our overall health and taking care of our mental health goes hand in hand with our physical health.

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