Check this out. In 1979 a study on “reminiscing” took place in an old monastery that had been turned into a 1959-themed retreat—complete with old Sports Illustrated magazines plus music and movies from the era. 16 men in their late seventies/early eighties were split into 2 groups. The control group was asked to simply “reminisce” about their lives in 1959. The experimental group was asked to ACT AS IF IT WAS 1959—speaking and acting as if they were living in 1959.
When they tested the men before and after, it was found that “On many of the measures, the participants got ‘younger.’ The experimental group showed greater improvement on joint flexibility, finger length (their arthritis diminished and they were able to strengthen their fingers more), and manual dexterity. On intelligence tests, 63 percent of the experimental group improved their scores, compared to only 44 percent of the control group. There were also improvements in height, weight, gait and posture. Finally, we asked people unaware of the study’s purpose to compare photos taken of the participants at the end of the week to those submitted at the beginning of the study. These objective observers judged that all of the experimental participants looked noticeably younger at the end of the study.”
IN ONE WEEK. Holy. Cow.
If how you think and how you feel has that much power over the physical body in such a short period of time, what else is possible?
When were you the happiest? Could just thinking about that time and feeling that happiness have a profound effect on you and your physical life? According to the study that'd be a yes.......