Posts Tagged ‘Positive Thinking’

Happiness may protect against breast cancer, study suggests

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Positive thinking and happiness may protect against the disease, but traumatic events like divorce and bereavement may increase the chances of developing breast cancer, a research study has found.

Two or more negative life events increased the chances of the disease by 62 per cent, the study carried out in Israel said.

A team at the Ben-Gurion University of Negev, in Beer Sheva, Israel surveyed 255 breast cancer patients and 367 healthy women aged between 25 and 45 who were questioned about their life experiences.

Study leader Dr Ronit Peled, from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the university said: “Young women who have been exposed to a number of negative life events should be considered an ‘at-risk’ group for breast cancer and should be treated accordingly.”

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This study blows my mind.  You wouldn’t think that unhappiness would have such a drastic effect on your liklihood to develop such a specific disease, would you?

I believe that the medical community has been saying that stress and unhappiness can contribute to the development of all sorts of sicknesses for years, though.  I wonder, do happiness and unhappiness affect your potential to develop all diseases accross the board, or do they have a greater effect on breast cancer?

I also wonder, how does this affect a man’s chances of developing breast cancer?


The Economic Power — And Pitfalls — Of Positive Thinking

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

People who are optimistic are more likely than others to display prudent financial behaviors, according to new research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

But too much optimism can be a problem: people who are extremely optimistic tend to have short planning horizons and act in ways that are generally not considered wise.

Manju Puri and David Robinson, professors of finance at Duke, report in the October 2007 issue of the Journal of Financial Economics that the differences between optimists and extreme optimists provide important insights into the interaction between psychology and economic and lifestyle choices.

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The power and pitfalls of positive thinking

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A quarter of a century ago (I’ve always wanted to say that), when I was a young engineer with Texas Instruments, I had a manager named Dick Carroll. Dick was a big guy who looked a lot like Mr. Clean without the eyebrows.

One day, I was working on a drafting table in a large, open bay, when Dick walked up and started talking about how great his sex life was. That was more information than I needed to know, but I held my tongue. Conversations with the big boss were always precious, regardless of how they began.

On this occasion, Dick’s upbeat demeanor so contrasted with how crappy I felt that morning – how I felt every morning, in fact – that, instead of asking what middle-aged, wrinkly sex was like, I asked how he always managed to be so optimistic.

That’s when Dick explained the power of positive thinking to me. In a nutshell, when you whine and complain, you annoy people and they avoid you like the plague. When you’re positive and optimistic, that attracts people and opportunities.

The concept wasn’t new; the book by Norman Vincent Peale was originally published in 1952. But it was new to me.

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Experience the power of positive thinking

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

After listening to a patient tell me about her life, I told her positive thinking leads to a better life.

The patient, 25, told me she did not have a high school degree and worked as a custodian for the city. She was encouraged to get a physical by her supervisor after learning it was free with her health insurance. This was her first doctor’s visit since she gave birth to her third child. She revealed all her children were fathered by three different men with whom she had no current relationships. When I asked her about her support system, she told me she had not spoken with her mother or siblings for five years and did not know her father or grandparents. She was an attractive lady, but slightly overweight. I noticed she made as little eye contact as possible with me during the interview and physical.

As a family physician, it is my responsibility to medically and psychologically assess every patient and provide medical and/or psychological care, as needed. In this case, after a physical exam, vital signs, and labs all with normal findings, I initiated treatment of her emotional state. I am a strong advocate of a type of psychotherapy called cognitive psychotherapy. This is a form of therapy that involves interactions with patients that help them look at things from a more positive viewpoint. I asked the patient to try to “look at the glass as half full.” I scheduled the patient to come in for an appointment every two weeks.

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Allan Heyl: the power of positive thinking

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

He robbed 20 banks in six weeks. He was “that other guy” who went on a crime spree with former police captain André Stander in the early 80s.

Describing himself then, Allan Heyl, 56, said: “I suffered a horrendous debilitating inferiority complex. I was a disgruntled jerk, confrontational, aggressive and I could not live with myself.”

Then his eyes, the same blue as his business card which reads: Allan Heyl Public Speaker, twinkled: “But at least I supported Western Province.”

The new Heyl sees something positive in everything and is proof positive thinking can change lives.

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