The first thing I need to say is: I love hippies. My only celebrity role model is John Lennon, I make serious life decisions based on vibes and I dropped out of school to write novels and explore the world. (This was back in college, but now I have a new convertible, a tattoo and a lot of crazy stories.)
If my friends are right (and that 720-page Bob Dylan biography sitting on my bookshelf means anything), I am a hippie. So my title wasn’t written with any offense. It’s just, let’s be honest, “mind-body-spirit science” sounds a little, well… hippie-ish.
But here's the crazy part: it's not!
Mind-body-spirit science is a legitimate field of study that deserves just as much respect as biology, chemistry or any of those other classes you had to take in high school. The only problem is: mainstream media somehow missed the memo.
In fact, the term "mind-body science" was popularized by Dr. Herbert Benson, a Harvard Medical School professor in the late 1960's. Benson now serves as Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
(You don't get any more credible than that, folks.)
And the spirit part? Researchers at the Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health have been connecting those dots since 1998!
But the fact that it's not yet mainstream is what makes talking about it so hard! People take you seriously (Eat more spinach for energy? Sure! Great!)… until they actually have a problem. Then they smile, nod and forget all about your yoga (which was probably amazing) as they rack their brain for a way to get a quick appointment with a "real" doctor.
(Raise your wheatgrass shot in the air if you’ve been there before!)
So today we’re going to break out some real science to prove, once and for all, that the mind-body-spirit connection is totally, 100% legit. (I may sound like a valley girl, but I promise you can trust me.) I go to Harvard, I passed the National Academy of Sports Medicine exam and I’m on the internet (if you
haven’t seen those commercials, that joke is going to be an epic fail).
Seriously though, all of the following information comes from scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals and/or quotes from highly esteemed researchers. So sit back, relax and soak up some science: