The Power of Thought

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “A man is but the product of his thoughts – what he thinks, he becomes.”  The potential power of our thoughts can help us experience great elation or great trepidation.  The philosophy of a glass being either half-full or half-empty is based solely upon our attitudes, purely reflecting whether we are being optimistic or pessimistic.  Quantum physics is revealing that our thoughts are vibrations of energy, and all physical reality is made up of vibrations of energy as well.  Therefore, the way that we think alters the very world around us, and we become the architects for either building up or tearing down the reality.

Psychologists Alia J. Crum and Ellen J. Langer conducted research at Harvard University involving the power of your mindset.  The experiment involved 84 female hotel room attendants to see if health and exercise is moderated and controlled by your attitude.  The surgeon general advocates that 30 minutes of daily exercise is needed on a daily basis to be considered to have a healthy lifestyle.  However, most room attendants do not believe that they get 30 minutes of exercise a day, even though they actively clean on average up to 15 rooms a day.

Half of the participants in the study were in the informed group, which told the women that they were actually getting 30 minutes of exercise from cleaning rooms, and examples were shown to them that confirmed this.  The other half in the control group were not told any of this information.  After just four weeks of studying both groups, the informed group perceived themselves to be receiving significantly more exercise than they previously thought.  This resulted in lower weight, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, blood pressure, and body mass index as opposed to the control group, who did not have any significant changes in their body and overall well being.

It is astonishing that just because you have a better outlook on your life, and yourself, you can attain a higher degree of health than just being neutral or negative with your thoughts. Positive thoughts can enlighten and broaden your range of options, even by a placebo effect, where negative thoughts can cloud your vision and give way to fear.  I have been a vegetarian for the past six years, and I eat really healthy and take supplements everyday.  But most of the time I find myself saying that I could do so much better, instead of having joy in the fact that I am eliminating high cholesterol and heart disease that runs in my family.   If we believed more in ourselves and less in our doubts, we would live much longer and fruitful lives.  Believe in yourself, for your thoughts are powerful.

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