Emotions and the Common Cold

Can the thoughts you have affect your chances of getting a cold? During this winter season you can increase your probability of avoiding sickness by the your mental attitude.

This is Chad with Anchor Point Films. I am coming to you from the beautiful country of Botswana. My wife and I are visiting here. We were asked to come lecture at a lifestyle conference and we are talking about the brain. And today I am talking about something that is almost a bit strange. Now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University asked people if they could stick the common cold virus into their nose. Now, they were also to receive money. They were actually to receive $800. Would you allow them to do that to you? Well, what they were trying to discover was what would be the result looking at people who were negative, unhappy, depressed versus those who were positive, peppy, in a happy state of mind. So you had the positive and you had the negative group. Now, what were the results? What they discovered was that those who were in a negative mindset, 1 out of 3 of them got sick. Because reality is, even if they put the common cold virus in your nose, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll get sick because the reality is, you have an immune system that may be able to fight it off. So, 1 in 3 got sick of those who were the negative mindset, but of those who had a positive mind frame only 1 in 5, which science shows that our state of mind, whether it is negative or positive, specifically if we have a positive state of mind, it makes us so that we are less likely to get sick. Now, the Bible talked about this thousands of years ago when it told us, “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

It may be up to you this season.