Is it possible to harness the power of your mind to improve your health? On today’s show, you’re going to hear some fascinating research that proves that we are in control of our health outcomes. By simply changing our thoughts and beliefs, we hold the potential to become healthier, happier, and even feel younger.
Today’s guest, Dr. Ellen Langer, is a social psychologist, pioneering researcher, and the mother of mindfulness. Since the 1970s, she’s been researching the remarkable concept of mind-body unity. She’s joining this episode of The Model Health Show to share her powerful findings of how your thoughts can change your health and longevity.
This conversation contains insights on how your beliefs can affect multiple health metrics, including your cognitive function, blood sugar, stress levels, and lifespan. You’re going to hear the fascinating details behind Dr. Langer’s work, and the powerful authority you have to influence your health. I hope you enjoy this episode on the healing power of mindfulness.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- How your perception can affect your body and your health outcomes.
- What the mindful body
- A distinction between mindfulness and meditation.
- Why taking notice of things around you is good for your health.
- How thinking in absolutes can make life less interesting.
- Why fatigue is a psychological construct.
- The interesting connection between cognitive function and perceived sleep.
- How the mind and the body are interconnected.
- Why stress can make you sick.
- The #1 question you can ask yourself to reframe your stress.
- How being more mindful gives you more choices.
- Why a diagnosis can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- What incurable really means.
- How beliefs affect the aging process.
- The connection between mindfulness and lifespan.
- How your assumptions about a food can impact its effects on your body.
- Strategies for releasing judgment towards others and ourselves.
- The relationship between forgiveness and blame.
- Why play is good for your health.
- How celebrating our differences can make us happier.
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