I just heard a fascinating podcast interview Ellen Langer on conducted by Kelly Howell.
Ellen is a social psychologist and Harvard professor who conducted a groundbreaking research project called “counter-clockwise”. Her study was initially carried out over a decade ago on an elderly population, and it showed the power and potential for our perspectives and beliefs to have a positive impact on our health. This research led Ellen to a life of focussed on unlocking the potential of consciousness, and a career dedicated to ‘Mindful health and the power of possibility’.
The counter clockwise study found that in a group of 80 year olds there was an observation of increased health occuring in those who expected to be healthy over just a week-long period, when compared to those who held on to their usual beliefs and expectations about their own health.
This podcast is an easy listen and well worth the investigation as Ellen’s research findings not only have the benefits that could help you encourage a healthier attitude in your loved ones who are getting older, but there’s something there for anyone of any age!
After listening to this talk I wanted to check out Ellen’s website (www.ellenlanger.com) where apparently the first chapter of the book “counter clockwise” is available to read!
Excerpt about Ellen from the website
“…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”
Perhaps this is an important new dimension of health care research? So as researcher and doctor, “I” would love to hear what “your” thoughts about the findings described in this podcast.
How you feel these concepts apply or don’t apply to your life, or your family members lives or your patients lives? (if you are involved in the treating of or healing of patients)
I look forward to reading your comments (please don’t be shy!). Happy reading!