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The Fountain Of Youth Is Real, And It’s In Your Head

A group of men sit in a monastery converted to a hotel lobby in 1959 chatting about current events. Fidel Castro is causing an uproar after taking over Cuba, parents are standing in line to buy their daughters a first edition Barbie, Alaska and Hawaii aren’t states yet, and The USSR just put the first manmade object on the moon.

But outside, things are different. It’s 1981 and the talk of the day is the outrageous inflation rate, Lady Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, and American Airlines’ new frequent flyer program.

The space between these two worlds—one real and one an elaborate reenactment—was created by Ellen Langer, a pioneering psychologist conducting an experiment on the power of your mind to stop—or even reverse—the effects of aging.

She was trying to answer a preposterous question:  Will putting someone’s mind in a younger era cause their body to follow? The answer was equally preposterous: yes.

Compared to a control group who lived in the same conditions, the men who walked into the experiment (slouched and aided by canes) five days earlier walked out taller, smarter, and more independent. They were physically stronger, mentally sharper, and they could see and hear better. They even looked younger to people who were unaware they’d been part of an aging experiment. [1]

If an experiment like this tells us anything, it’s that your mind plays an incredibly powerful role in the health of your body, and there are simple things you can do to both look, feel, and perform like you’re younger.

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Medical Research Shows You Can Think Your Way To Strength

Years ago—freshman year of college, to be exact—I had shoulder surgery. The recovery process was long, tedious and, at times, painful. After nearly six months of daily physical therapy, I was back in business.

At about the same time, Lucas, one of my wrestling teammates, was recovering from a similar injury. The difference? He was back on the mat with full strength in just three months.

When he recovered so much faster than me, I was a little bitter. Why couldn’t my body rebound the way his did? What was so special about his shoulder? According to some preliminary but mind-blowing research out of Ohio University, it could have had a lot to do with a difference in our mindsets.

If you ever have to recover from a physical injury—or even if you want to keep your strength while sitting at a desk job all day—there might be something in this for you.Continue Reading →

How To Solve Problems Like Henry Ford And Other Genius Inventors

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” – Albert Einstein

How long does it take to get from Portland to Seattle? I make the trip several times each year, so it’s a question I ask myself often. The answer? About three hours in a car.  Four and a half on a train. 45 minutes on a plane.

But what if we were asking this question in 1899? I don’t know the exact answer, but it would take at least a day, and you’d have to feed your horse a lot.

Cars were around back then, of course, but they weren’t practical. They weren’t durable and they cost a fortune. Then, in 1908, the first Model Ts rolled off the assembly line and, suddenly, travel became impossibly easier. Impossible because, until Henry Ford invented the assembly line, there was no cost efficient way to build a quality vehicle.

While others were happy to build cars for only the rich or content to write it off as an impractical technology Ford asked, “What would it cost to build this thing if I broke it down to its most basic materials and found a better way to put it together?” Look around outside and you’ll see the answer changed personal mobility forever.

To find that answer, Ford had to engage in a type of critical inquiry called “first principles thinking.” [1] And he was hardly the first or only one to do it. Every great thinker and inventor has used it to solve problems that seemed impossible.

Putting this concept to work in your life will make you fantastically more creative and capable of solving difficult problems.Continue Reading →

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