Each of us is a little bit Nostradamus

Our body has an amazing ability to anticipate upcoming events, even without obvious clues from the outside. Scientists at Northwestern University came to this conclusion after analyzing research results. This means that our subconscious mind knows more than we realize.

Hunching is nothing new to scientists, who have long noticed that our subconscious mind has more information than our conscious mind. For example, avid card players may experience excitement before they even realize what cards their opponent has placed on the table. Julia Mossbridge’s research has shown that our subconscious mind can anticipate upcoming events with a small time lag.

For example, if you’re sitting at your computer watching a video or reading the news on social media, you won’t hear your boss approach your desk. However, if you tune in, you can sense the impending threat in advance and have time to close all the extra windows on your computer. This is a warning activity of the body that allows you to predict the physiological changes that will follow the event.

Scientists call this phenomenon “anomalous anticipatory activity” because it is not explained by the current understanding of biological processes. This phenomenon allows predicting physiological changes without any indicators and occurs in the cardiovascular, nervous system and skin.

In addition, our body is able to effectively resist serious diseases. A study conducted in 2008 showed that optimistic thinking has protective properties.

Researcher Ronit Peled from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University examined a group of women with breast cancer and healthy women. It turned out that the women with cancer had faced negative events prior to their diagnosis, such as the death of relatives or loved ones. However, feelings of happiness and optimism play a protective role.

The mechanism of how the hormonal, immune and central nervous systems interact in resisting disease has not yet been established. Scientists intend to further study the relationship between positive mood and health in order to develop appropriate preventive measures.

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