Think Yourself Healthy!


Your powers of make-believe can help you control cravings, get motivated to work out, and even improve your vision, according to several recent studies. Turns out you really can think yourself healthy! Keep reading below to find out how:

“If you imagine an experience, the brain stimulates itself in the same way as if you were doing it,” says Joachim Vosgerau, co-director of the Center for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Mellon University. Try these techniques to harness your mind’s superpowers.

To curb cravings

Distract yourself

In one study, volunteers were able to reduce food hankering by imagining a rainbow or the smell of eucalyptus.

To get to the gym

Envision your workout

Taking a few minutes to conjure up what your sweat session will feel like (pounding heart and all) may make you more likely to get off the couch.

To boost confidence

Stand like a rock star

Researchers found that striking a confident stance actually stimulates a hormonal response that can make you feel more self-assured in minutes.

To improve your eyesight

Pretend you’ve got 20/20 vision

Study participants who took on roles associated with perfect eyesight, such as a pilot, showed marked improvement in vision tests compared to those who didn’t.

Who knew pretending could be so powerful?

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