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Building on our expectations

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain made that observation years ago when jokingly offering his philosophy on what it takes to stay healthy.  Obviously, his expectations for lasting health were not too high.

Today we are treated to a similar message through various sources that a disease-free life is practically impossible to maintain without the intervention of diets, drugs, exercise routines, therapies, and more.  With the constant barrage in media to “do this to stay healthy,”  we are accepting a subtle, but relentless sub-message that illness is inevitable.

What are your health prospects?  It is an important question.  If living by a “Murphy’s Law” mentality you are essentially portending anything that can go wrong will happen to you at some point in time adding to a life full of doubt and anxiety.

On the other hand, giving your consent to living a life grounded by spiritual, guiding principles that supersede health uncertainties empowers you to be the expression of wellness.  Read more…

When life needs a kick start

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As usual, the Starbucks was packed.  All I wanted was a smoothie, but I wasn’t sure it was worth the wait.  I live just a couple of blocks from the coffee house which does a booming business, especially in the morning when everyone is looking for that quick jolt that will get them up to speed.

I got in line. Observing my fellow ‘waiters,’ I heard them share their doubts about the dreaded work week, their retirement, or health worries. The minutiae of daily living and the periods of ill health seem an unavoidable consequence of the human experience – and can get us down.  If only Starbucks made a special brew that, when caringly sipped, could melt away all the weights of life.

Move over caffeine!  Hello attitude!  It turns out that the spark provided by a cup of coffee might have less to do with its chemical properties and more to do with our own expectations.

A study conducted by the University of East London suggests that the kick we get from caffeinated coffee is at least partially attributable to the expectation of the buzz.  Yep…anticipating the kick produces the kick.

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Healthy expectations: what do you think?

We have all heard “you are what you eat.” There has been lots of focus in the health community on American’s eating habits. This in light of the obesity epidemic we currently face.

More and more we are also being told “you are what you think”. Our expectations seem to impact daily living.

For example: are you a coffee drinker? A report released by the University of East London suggests that the kick we get from caffeinated coffee comes from the expectation of the buzz. To quote a researcher, “Both caffeine and expectation of having consumed caffeine improved attention and psychomotor speed.” The report points to the power of expectation.

So what about the expectation of health? I’m not thinking about a patient’s expectation of care, but an individual’s expectancy of being well throughout his/her life. Is there a connection between healthy expectations and fitness? Many say yes. Just type in “you are what you think” in your search bar. Continue reading Healthy expectations: what do you think?

Unhealthy expectations not inevitable

Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Law?  Self-fulfilling prophecy?  Bunk?

Can a certain level of expectation actually affect outcomes? According to Sandra Pianalto it can.  The President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Pianalto spoke before a group at the Columbus Metropolitan Club last week about current Federal Reserve policy and labor markets.

“Inflation expectation” was partly to blame for the stagflation of the 1970’s according to Pianalto. People expected significant inflation to be the norm.  This changed their monetary habits which resulted in higher than normal inflation.  That’s harmful expectation.  In fact, expectations continue to fuel the swings in the commodity markets and other financial institutions today.

This got me thinking about other areas where expectation impacts daily living.  Let’s take health. We’re not talking about a patient’s expectation of care, but an individual’s expectancy of health and being well throughout their life. 

As our consumer oriented society has ever greater influence on the health industry, the expectation of healthy lives is greatly challenged.  It’s hard to sell a health-related product or service when the expectation of fitness is high.  But if that expectation can be lowered, the chances are better that new customers can be generated.  Continue reading Unhealthy expectations not inevitable