Mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health. It regards as fundamental an approach that respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care, and it emphasizes techniques that are grounded in this approach.
All kinds of research is being done on the power, not only of negative emotions, but also positive emotions to affect your physical well-being, your long-term health, and your longevity.
Socrates made the case that happiness is the highest good for any human being – and it’s also the fundamental motivation for the things we do. Now, he wasn’t advocating total hedonism – quite the contrary. He (and his more modern happiness theorists) contended that true happiness is not momentary gratification but the natural outcome of a life well lived.I happen to agree with Socrates. I created this blog to cover many ways to approach stress in your body and mind.
Mind-body medicine typically focuses on intervention strategies that are thought to promote health, such as relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, tai chi, qi gong, cognitive-behavioral therapies, group support, autogenic training, and spirituality.a The field views illness as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, and health care providers as catalysts and guides in this process.
Mind-body interventions constitute a major portion of the overall use of CAM by the public. In 2002, five relaxation techniques and imagery, biofeedback, and hypnosis, taken together, were used by more than 30 percent of the adult U.S. population. Prayer was used by more than 50 percent of the population.
Here’s a way to start thinking about being happy in your own life: for the next 7 days, right before bed, write down 3 good things that happened that day and why they happened. Positive psychology research shows that this exercise can induce measurable increases in positive mood and decreases in bad moods.
As always, I’d love to hear from you tribe. What are your thoughts on mind body medicine?
Until next time,