The Mind-Body Connection

Most people are aware that your thoughts can make you sick. For example, excessive worry can produce ulcers. Continual sadness can produce colds and flu-like symptoms. These are psychosomatic illnesses. That does not mean imaginary. Here is the dictionary definition:

adjective
1. of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
2. pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.

Some people know that the mind can also heal the body. The subconscious mind controls all bodily functions from circulation to digestion to growth of new cells. It was designed that way so that a lapse of attention in the conscious mind would not be fatal. There are millions more synaptic connections in the subconscious than in the conscious. Positive thoughts can have positive effects throughout the body, as Norman Vincent Peale discusses here.

Few people know that the body can also affect the mind. Watch this TED talk by Amy Cuddy. (21 minutes):

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