More and more, science is starting to discover that how we think has a dramatic effect on our health and wellbeing.
Recently, a Stanford University study was done by Dr. Alia Crum looking at female housekeepers in the hotel industry. She wanted to help them understand how active they were in their work, which they hadn’t really appreciated.
When she first spoke to them and asked them, “Do you do much exercise?” Most of them said no. They were actually on their feet all day long doing quite heavy work. They were getting a lot of exercise, they just didn’t call it that.
She got a group together and split it in half. One half formed the control group that she didn’t speak to. She gave a presentation to the other group about how fit and active they were from doing their job, including how many calories they were burning.
She measured their blood pressure, their body fat, their weight, their height. Then four weeks later she measured them all again. The group who’d been given the presentation about how much exercise they were doing had lost weight, they had less body fat, and their blood pressure had lowered compared to the control group for whom no change had happened at all.
Don’t you think that’s amazing?
Dr. Crum said that mindset is what made the difference. These women now believed that they were doing a lot of exercise and that this would give them a positive health outcome, and it did.
So, if that’s the case, what else is it that we could start to believe? What else could we notice about our life? What else could we start to see for ourselves that would change our mindset, and beneficially affect our own health, wellbeing, purpose and joy?
It seems that the sky’s the limit with what we could create for our life.
What do you want to create? What’s important to you? And are you willing to experiment with changes in your thinking to see if you can get there?
Blessings Shakti Durga