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ageist EDITORS | march 16, 2017
Powerful Effects of Perception
There was a study released last week by Stanford that revealed that how people view their fitness program has a material effect on their longevity. That is, if you think you have a good program, or you feel that your work is keeping you in good shape, your perception has a powerful effect on what is actually happening physiologically. Mindset became a powerful variable. This is the placebo effect writ large.
We find this particularly fascinating as it confirms something we have been observing: that people who feel they are engaged, who feel they are going to live a long useful life, behave in ways to make that actually happen. The converse being: if a person doesn’t feel they have a positive future ahead of them, they will behave in ways to confirm that belief and not take such good care of themselves. This is not exactly the argument that Stanford is making here, but it is corollary enough that it caught our attention.