I’ve heard a couple of interesting TED talks recently which point to the power of mind over body. The first revealed that simple changes in body position can shift the way people perceive you, but perhaps more significantly, they can effect immediate and dramatic changes in your body chemistry. The second talk points the the fact that the way we view our stress response can significantly influence the way the underlying biochemistry related to the stress response works out in our bodies.
Many conclusions could be drawn from these excellent presentations and the science which prompted them, but the one which intrigues me most at the moment is that we can live significantly healthier lives without spending another dollar on health care products and services and without spending another minute exercising. These discoveries do not obviate the need for such tools, but they do point to the fact that a few simple, free and low time investment changes in the way that we carry ourselves in the complex and interrelated world in which we all live can go a long way to improving our health and longevity.
You don’t need time or money to get cracking on this one!