June 29, 2022


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Health and Wellness – Negative Thinking Makes You Sick

The more I study the mind and human behavior, the more amazed I am with humanity. I am amazed at our potential for greatness; and I am equally amazed at our potential for ignorance. The mind is a great ally or a powerful foe — depending, of course, on how you use it. This phenomenon is far reaching; but it is most evident in our many expressions of health. Plain and simple: Your mind can make you sick or well; it can kill you or heal you. The choice is yours.

In the past, I’ve understood the resistance most people have to this concept. But now, the effects of thinking on our health are so well-documented, well-known and so obvious that the typical skeptic seems not only ignorant, but bent on self-destruction. Religious people balk at scientific findings that our mind controls our health; while more scientific minds balk at religious notions of faith healing and health through prayer. No matter who you are or how your mind is arranged, there is no way around common sense.

Every religion teaches — in one way or another — that we are the products of our thoughts. “As a man thinketh, so it is done to him…” is but one of the ways religions teach us that our thoughts are important. And for those who have little use for religion, you still have a mind you are responsible for; so I’ll make it as simple as I can:

  1. When you think negative thoughts (worry, fear, anger, resentment, grief, etc…), you feel bad.
  2. What you’re feeling are the effects of the stress response that is activated whenever you think thoughts of a negative nature.
  3. When you think negative thoughts, you turn on your stress response.
  4. When your stress response is turned on, it turns off your immune system.
  5. The only thing that heals you or keeps you from getting sick is your immune system.
  6. When you think negative thoughts, you experience stress, your immune system shuts down, and you not only feel bad, but you open yourself up to illness.

It really is as simple as that: Negative thinking activates the stress response and suppresses the immune system; Positive thinking turns it off and stimulates the immune system. You can argue, disagree, or simply refuse to believe your mind has so much power, but this isn’t a matter of opinion; this is common sense and a matter of basic science that is within the grasp of the average middle-school aged child. Science or faith, your job is the same: Master your thoughts and you will master your life. This may be easier said than done (after all, we have always referred to those who have achieved this level of self-control as, “Masters”), but there is very real value in making an effort to think more positively. Give it a try; you’ve got nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain.