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Power of Positive Thinking

From ABC New Dimensions comes advice on the power of positive thinking, a phrase from the best seller by Dr Norman Vincent Peale published in 1952. For over 40 years it's been known that bereavement is a risk to physical health. Death rates are higher among groups of people who have recently lost someone close. A study reported recently in the “Medical Journal of Australia”, found that depression and social isolation are just as significant risk factors for coronary heart disease as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

There is also good evidence that having “fighting spirit” is an aid to combating cancer. Being stressed and anxious will affect your immune system. A study of medical students showed that relaxing and having positive thoughts can reverse this loss of immunity. Early life experience seems to contribute to an individual becoming a ”positive” or “negative” person. To become more positive, an individual needs to consider negative self beliefs and assess whether they have a basis in fact, or if they are just a result of childhood conditioning.

Posted Monday, 23 June 2003

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