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ENVIRONMENT

Influence your surroundings.

Environment lies outside of your body and affects what takes place inside your body. What you perceive through your senses impacts your well-being.

Surround yourself with good things.

Everything we experience with our senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – can influence the way we feel mentally and physically.

Surround yourself with good things.

Everything we experience with our senses – sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – can influence the way we feel mentally and physically.

This is true about our larger environment (the air we breathe and the water we drink) and our personal environment (light, sound, aroma and touch). It is easy to understand how the former affects us. Our bodies often respond in obvious ways to things that are not good for us. What is less obvious is the effect that our personal environment can have upon the mind.

In a study at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York, researchers found that cancer patients could sometimes re-experience the side effects of chemotherapy just by visiting the clinic where they 

received treatments. It turns out that seeing pictures from the room, smelling fragrance worn by a staff member or even hearing the background music played during treatment triggered this reaction.

This happened because of the brain’s ability to establish associations. Just like Pavlov’s experiment, where the sound of a bell alone caused dogs to salivate, we too respond to stimulus in specific ways.

In order to live well, we must choose an environment that elicits positive responses from us. We have to maximize the positive and minimize the negative.

Work and home environments impact our health the most because this is where we spend most of our time. 

Fill your personal environment items that promote peace and calm.

Fill your personal environment items that promote peace and calm.

Work and home environments impact our health the most because this is where we spend most of our time.

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