Reading a couple of books at a time and this stood out.....since I couldn't say it any better, I'll just share the "ding" with you!
" A recent study showed that even thinking of housework as exercise has benefits. Psychologist Ellen Langer at Harvard University studied 84 women who worked as hotel housekeepers, cleaning rooms and changing sheets. Half the women were told that they should think of their work as exercise. They were even told how many calories they burned doing specific tasks: 40 calories for 15 minutes of changing linens, 50 calories for 15 minutes of vacuuming, 60 calories for 15 minutes of cleaning bathrooms. The other half were told nothing about any health benefits of their work. After four weeks, those told of the benefits had lowered their blood pressure by 10 percent and lost two pounds and 0.5 percent body fat on average. Dr. Langer concluded ‘the changes were a function of the change in mind-set alone.’ She added, ‘If you are just sitting on the couch and just telling yourself that you’re exercising, you’re not going to believe yourself and so there will be no change.’” – Dr. Joan Vernikos from Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
Crazy pants, right?
Here's another remarkable study from the other book I'm reading, Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility "When we see mind and body as parts of a single entity, the research on placebos takes on new meaning and suggests we can not only control much of our disease experience, but we may also be able to extend our ability to gain, recover, or enhance our health.
"In one study I conducted with my students, we explored the mindset most of us have regarding excellent vision air force pilots have. The first group of participants dressed the part and, in uniform, sat in a flight simulator. They were asked to read the letters on the wing of a nearby plane, which were actually part of an eye chart. Those participants who adopted the "pilot" mindset, primed to have excellent vision, showed improved vision over the other group, who were simulating being in the simulator and simply asked to read an eye chart from the same distance"
Our attitude matters. A LOT. When we shift how we think, so many other things change. Just because we can't see it immediately, doesn't mean change isn't happening...
Think yourself into who you want to be......The possibilities are endless.....