WHAT IS THE ONLY THINGS IN LIFE WE TRULY HAVE CONTROL OVER?
“You only have control over three things in your life-the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, & the actions you take.” –Jack Canfield (“Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series)
Do you think we miss the importance of thinking about our thinking? Are we in automatic mode, going about life at a microwave-speed, unaware of the influence and power our mind has on life’s outcomes? Our thoughts, (approximately 60,000 per day), have the power to exert physical and biological changes in our bodies, can decrease our immune system function, and can keep us in a chronic state of stress.
Along with eating healthy and exercising regularly, having a positive mindset can be just as important as overall physical health. Your thoughts and behaviors determine your mood, health, and future. Did you know that the cells in your body react to everything that your mind says? Negativity actually weakens your immune system, causing you to become sick more frequently.
Positive Thinking Can:
- Build your self-esteem
- Decrease your stress
- Boost your passion for life
- Bring clarity to your dreams and goals
- Increase your energy
- Strengthen your immune system
- Physically rewire our brains for overall better health
IS THERE ANY SCIENCE BEHIND THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING?
Your mind wields incredible power over the health of your immune system, for good or for bad. Stress, for instance, has a major negative influence on the function of your immune system, which is why you’ve probably noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold when you’re under a lot of stress.
Can your mind heal your body? It may sound far-fetched that the power of your thoughts and emotions could exert physical, biological changes, but there are countless examples, both scientific and anecdotal, showing this possibility is very real. Science journalist Jo Marchant shared numerous such examples, from Iraq war veterans and many others, in her book “Cure.” She told Scientific American:
“There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats.
That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.”
WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHANGE OUR THINKING?
You are ultimately responsible for your thinking. The thoughts you have, and the subsequent actions you take from those thoughts will either cause life or death. Something dies every time we take a negative path. The same is true when we act in a positive manner, we will cause something good (life) to happen.
One of the first things to do to change your thinking, is the becoming aware of what you are thinking. You need to take the time to actually listen to yourself; the words you choose, the attitudes you have, the responses you make, the feelings you have are all your choice. For instance, you might say to yourself, “I don’t have the energy.” Instead, you could say to yourself, “I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.”
- Listen to yourself and be aware of negative attitudes
- Stop blaming others, take personal responsibility
- Have an attitude of gratitude
- Get regular chiropractic adjustments (fuels the brain and keeps nervous system healthy)
- Make a commitment to yourself to change and improve your thinking
- Ask for help (Stucky Chiropractic doctors offer workshops and community outreach events)
Keep reading…. You will learn:
- Empowerment for stopping the excuses and starting the movement
- Exercise is fun
- Exercise is feasible with any schedule (12 minutes a day!)
- How to exercise without causing injuries
- How to improve your quality of life
Education is key to moving toward a healthier YOU. To help with your education, Stucky Chiropractic Center offers a workshop series, that includes MOVE WELL. Go to our events page to see when the next workshop is scheduled. And don’t feel guilty about the choices you’ve made thus far. Make changes and move forward! Here’s how…
- Check out our events calendar for the next Think Well Workshop
- Check out our book list (readers are leaders!)
- The science of positive thinking by Dr. Mercola
- Dr. Brian K. Becker, of Stucky Chiropractic Center, Think Well presentation