As with so much to do with the powerful mind-body connection, if you believe you are healthy, you feel usually feel healthy-- research actually shows that optimists with this set of beliefs about their health live longer than pessimists whose doctor has given them a 'clean bill of health'. And what about the study at Duke University that asked 3,000 cardio patients to indicate whether they rated their health as "poor", "fair", "good" or "very good"... those rating their health as "poor" were more likely to die in the three years following the study than those who chose "very good".
Manage your PERCEPTION of your health and you will be managing your health! Optimists truly believe that they have power in their own lives to make changes and go forward. This "internal locus of control" influences attitude and behaviour. Optimists are more likely to opt for "healthy" changes in their lives-- try a different diet that has solid evidence of being helpful in achieving results, exercise more, etc. Optimists value good health.
Do you have this "high internal locus of control" (i.e., do you believe that you have a high level of control over various aspects of your life)? To find out how empowered you are, go here and scroll down to the questionnaire.
With gratitude, I base this blog on the book "Learn to be an Optimist: A Practical Guide to Achieving Happiness" by Lucy MacDonald, a Quebec-based motivational speaker with an academic background in psychology and counseling.