Babies in Hats Can Make Medicinal Treatments More Effective
Posted by The Baby News
Few things are cuter than a baby in a hat, and as it turns out pictures of hat-wearing tots can have a therapeutic effect as well. A new study says thinking about happy things - including babies in hats - helps patients stick with life-changing habits.
Researchers studied more than 700 patients with illnesses like coronary heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure, trying to determine the effect happy thoughts and affirmations would have on the ability to adopt life-changing habits.
The patients were encouraged to think happy thoughts first thing in the morning and throughout their days. The research team suggested thoughts that included "babies in hats" and "sunrise." They also recommended that patients think happy thoughts whenever they met with a challenge or unwelcome task, like taking their medicine or exercising.
At the end of the yearlong study, researchers found that patients who adopted happy thoughts were more likely to practice healthy habits than those who were not encouraged to think happy thoughts. In a group of patients with coronary artery disease, for example, those who practiced positive thinking walked on average 3.4 miles more per week than those who did not.
Who knew babies in hats would have such a positive affect?
So in honor of the power of happy thoughts, we've created a Pinterest board of babies in hats. Enojy!
What's your happy thought that gets you through the day?
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