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Reprogramming Your Brain

smiling womanOver the years, evidence has built up, suggesting that positive mental states can indeed affect [1] your health [2] for the better. Consider, for instance, how one trio of studies [3] showed ways in which hope can affect physical well-being.

In study one, greater hope was associated with depth of commitment to a healthier diet and regular exercise. In study two, the integrative hope scale was associated with a wider array of health behaviors as compared to a standard goal-oriented hope scale. In study three, a hope-centered content analysis of testimonies provided by long-term breast cancer survivors revealed a strong reliance on attachment and spirituality, dimensions typically neglected in psychological studies of this [hope] construct.

But what’s especially awesome is that we have the power to change our brains to orient toward more positive mental habits. Here’s one way of making that happen:

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