Vegan Catlady;56079 wrote: What I have come to realize is that the more I am discerning with who and what I give my attention to, the more I have good days over bad days, the more I see improvements over “what-ifs”.
Nice to hear that you gained this insight too, CatLady!
It’s something that is very hard, and often even impossible, to explain to those who are in a fearful or antagonistic state of mind. It’s kind of self-psycho-therapy that really helps change one’s attitude, one’s perspective, one’s state of mind – and, therefore, one’s well-being and one’s health.
Vegan Catlady;56079 wrote: I read the encouraging information now, because its my experience that my attention on the positive is serving me much better than my attention on “but if you dont take this,rotate that, buy this,have this test done,ect” .
Remember the other discussion about stress? What you are describing here is like a double-edged sword: you are reducing the stress that comes your way, and you are changing the way you react to the remaining stress.
Vegan Catlady;56079 wrote: An article 10 years ago!
This is indeed nothing new.
In fact, I’ve just finished the book Thinking, Fast and Slow of Daniel Kahneman. He did a lot of experiments to investigate the effect of human attitude on well-being. One of his experiments involved asking the subjects to put a pencil between their teeth. The pencil was from left to right, the subject had to gently bit it in the middle (just enough to prevent the pencil from falling), and they were not allowed to touch the pencil with their lips.
This was a trick to make the subjects smile without them being aware that they were smiling.
But even this kind of a very twisted smile made subject feel more happy. Their increased happiness showed in lots of experimental results.
That’s how simple it can be to radically change your life – go figure!
By the way, this was found over 40 years ago…
Vegan Catlady;56081 wrote: It becomes evident then that to really be healthy and do the best we can, we have to take into account beliefs and mental attitude concerning food.”
Correct. And not only concerning food…
I quit following the news on TV years ago. Before I made that decision, I felt that viewing the 8 o’clock news was a “must”. But this “must” determined my evening schedule, which caused me stress without me being aware of it.
Once I quit, this “I must watch the news” stress disappeared. Only then did I realise that I had subjected myself to stress all those years. I didn’t notice the stress until it disappeared…
Also, I got a lot of free time, because my evening was no longer interrupted by this “plight”. That too was a stress reducer. In addition, my adrenalin levels weren’t being raised each evening when I was watching distressing news. That too was a good thing.
The only disadvantage is that I sometimes hear news later than others. But that’s not a big problem. I hear about very important news soon enough through other channels. And if I miss something – so what? I don’t care anymore. I’m much more relaxed than I used to be.
Congratulations, CatLady, for starting going this road too! You’ve made a really important, literall life-changing discovery!