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Self-Limiting Beliefs Limit Happiness

One of my mentors, Dr. Jeanne Achterberg once said: “No thought, no emotion, is without biochemical, electrochemical activity; and the activity leaves no cell untouched.” There is an ancient expression that is often said to someone who worries a lot: You’re gonna make yourself sick! Another one is: You’re gonna give yourself a heart attack! Much has been written about a connection between self-deprecating thoughts and autoimmune disease. People who chronically feel hopeless or helpless have been said to be more predisposed to cancers. People who are chronically angry or who have hair-trigger tempers tend to be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Obviously, those statements are generalizations and there is not direct correlation. Nevertheless, wellbeing has consistently been strongly associated with superior health in countless epidemiological studies. Whatever you can do to increase your level of wellbeing, such as improving the quality of your relationships will improve your odds of having better health.

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Self-Limiting Beliefs Limit Happiness

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

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Berkelhammer, D. (2016). Self-Limiting Beliefs Limit Happiness. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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