Turns out that negative thinking patterns, negative beliefs are harmful to your health. This may not be a warning from the surgeon general himself, but scientists have discovered that negative thinking styles such as harmful beliefs, can prove toxic to the body.

An article reported in The Lancet, showed that Chinese Americans die much earlier if they have a combination of a disease and a birth year considered ill-fated by Chinese astrology. Researchers discovered that the more strongly these people believed in their traditional Chinese superstitions, the earlier they died.

Additional research concluded that their reduction in life expectancy was not related to variables such as doctor care, lifestyle choices or genetic factors. The study found that Chinese Americans who believe they will die prematurely because of Chinese beliefs, in this case that the Chinese astrology stars have hexed them, was the sole purpose of their shortened life.

American medical students studying various diseases also reported experiencing symptoms of the diseases they were studying. Approximately 79 percent of medical students suffer the syndrome, a syndrome that’s been termed ‘medstudentitis’ or ‘medical student disease’, a condition manifested from negative thinking styles.

A lot of people subconsciously fill their mind with limiting childhood beliefs such as ‘I come from a cancer family’ or ‘I’ve always been the sickly type’. Focusing on a negative thought, such as an illness, scientists have shown can actually predispose the body to illness. The more you focus on how the body can break down, the higher risk you create to experiencing those very physical symptoms.

This negative effect of physiological beliefs, anxiety and fears, is referred to as the nocebo effect, or basically, learned helplessness. On the flip side, focusing on positive thinking that includes nurturing, expectations and hope, is the called the placebo effect. Your way of thinking, your thought processes, your negative thinking patterns, your beliefs and your own self-image are not only related to your health, but also to your success.

In essence, our self-image is a combination of ideas, beliefs and opinions we’ve accumulated about ourselves over our lifetime. All our beliefs about who we are, what we can or can’t do, about our experiences and our reactions to our surroundings, all contribute to our total self-image.

Beliefs that limit us and keep us from creating or experiencing more in life I call limiting beliefs. These are beliefs we haven’t necessarily processed consciously, yet we have the power to consciously free ourselves from them. I know from my experiences watching others that when someone changes their self-image, their whole life changes.

Your beliefs, your self-image, your own opinion about yourself, defines the boundaries of your achievements in life. Whatever has happened, whatever you’ve experienced or endured in life, has happened. You can’t change the past no matter how much you desire it or how hard you try. You have no influence over that past. The only thing you can influence is your reaction, your feelings, beliefs, and opinions about what happened to you. The importance you invest in events determines how you feel and what you ultimately choose to do.

We determine the quality and accuracy of how we perceive the world and events around us by examining the nature of the glasses through which we observe. We decide whether we look through the eyes of optimism or pessimism. The world itself doesn’t change on a dime according to our moods. What changes day to day, minute to minute, is us; how we see the events of our world is our choice.


Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy . He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
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