5 Ways the Mind Helps to Heal the Body

There seems to be a clear connection between how a person thinks and the state of their physical health. In the same way that the body can affect the mind’s state of being, the opposite appears to be true as well. Here are five examples:

1. Enhance Treatment with Positive Expectation  

If nothing else, the placebo effect has been well studied for years. For example, if patients are told that they are receiving a medication that is actually just a sugar pill, they will often report that the treatment is helpful! No one can be quite sure how the mind can help to heal and interact with the body, but there is evidence to believe that it makes sense to expect the best.

2. Use Positive Affirmations  

Simply affirming to yourself that you are in an ideal state or situation has been shown to have actual health benefits. By stating the words “I am” followed by a brief, positive statement in the present tense, the body may be able to actually heal faster.

3. Find Purpose To Help Live Longer

Studies have shown that people who have a sense of purpose in life actually live longer. If you feel as if you have a reason to get out of bed in the morning, you’re more likely to live that happy and engaged life that people hope for. These positive feelings are shown to correlate with a longer and happier life overall.

4. Be Optimistic to Boost Immunity

During recovery in particular, your body will be going through a healing phase. This is to be expected, and feeling optimistic can actually help your body’s immune system to heal faster too, helping your body to improve overall.

5. Finding a Sense of Gratitude

Being able to be thankful for the good things in your life may actually help your body to recover more quickly as well. Several studies have shown that gratitude can also help to improve the quality of sleep, also helping to increase overall sense of well-being.