Controlling for all confounding variables, researchers have found that people who live their lives with mastery, that is, taking charge of their lives, making conscious choices, and dealing with disappointments and tragedy as challenges rather than as defeats, are healthier than those who allow themselves to feel defeated. The most evidence-based of these mastery behaviors can be learned and practiced. Making a commitment to living with intentionality and making these mindfulness-based practices part of daily life leads to living with greater mastery & wellbeing, which then increases the odds of experiencing improved health. This is due to reductions in emotional distress and physiological stress. It is also due to the fact that living with mastery and intentionality improve immune function. This has been evidenced by psychoneuroimmunology research.
Video: Conscious Intention, Mastery & Health
November 14, 2012 at 9:00 am
- Video: The Importance of Being Open and Vulnerable
- Q & A with Dr. B. – You have written about practice being a way of life—something to practice throughout the day. What are the main practices that encompass this way of life?
- Video: The Wisdom of Coach John Wooden
- Q & A with Dr. B. – Why The Focus On Practices?
- Q & A with Dr. B. – Do the mindfulness practices, especially the MBEP walking practice, ever become more natural?
- Authenticity, Transparency
- Body Centeredness
- Cancer and the Mind
- Chronic Illness and the Mind
- Gratitude and Well-Being
- In Your Own Hands
- Living by Personal Values
- Meaning and Purpose in Health
- Mindfulness Practice
- Practice is Everything
- Practice Living by Choice
- Q&A Ask Dr. B.
- Self-Efficacy and Self-Mastery
- Social Support and Contributing Member of a Community