The Mind – Body Connection

The law of attraction is the name given to the concept of “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results (Wikipedia). This perspective infers what we think about we bring about and that there is a mind-body connection. I also believe there is a body-mind connection that goes back the other way. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy says; “Our bodies change our minds, our minds change our behaviour and our behaviour changes our outcomes.”

Body language affects how others see us as well as how we see and feel about ourselves, such as standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain (Cuddy, 2012). There are a lot of studies that support that body language is linked to our emotional states. If you wrinkle your nose in disgust you may feel nauseous just as smiling even when you are not feeling happy can lift your mood. How we hold ourselves can even affect our memory: studies have revealed that folding arms and legs can reduce retention by up to 40% – another good reason to avoid folding your arms if you can help it. 

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