The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

You’ve surely heard the phrase at one time and many of you may be
familiar with Norman Vincent Peale’s 1952 bestseller which of course
was widely panned by the establishment mental health community. Yet
six decades later, research shows that artificially stimulating the
brain’s feel-good center boosts immunity against diseases. Asya Rolls,
an assistant professor and co-author of a paper published recently
in Nature Medicine, says the findings “indicate that activation of
areas of the brain associated with positive expectations can affect
how the body copes with diseases.”

This research, conducted in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s
Faculty of Medicine, provides a compelling connection between mood
and disease.

The Socionomics Institute has just posted its draft of a new academic
paper titled “Exploring Socionomic Causality of Social Health and
Epidemics” to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). This landmark
study shows that nine major epidemics over the past 200 years—including
Zika—erupted after severe or long declines in affected countries’
stock indexes. The paper poses that waves of social mood drive changes
in both markets and public health.


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