We all know that positive thinking works. The placebo effect is the most well known example, if you believe that something will work then indeed it will.
If I tell you that you’ll get better and you have credibility in me, then you’ll feel better almost instantly. Conversely there is the nocebo effect – if I tell you things are going to get worse, then they will.
With a fear of offending the traditionalists I’ve produced my own version of the 12 days of Christmas.
Due to shortage of space I’ve only produced the last verse.
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my Doctor sent to me …
Twelve runners running
Eleven dieters dieting
Ten smokers quitting
Nine ladies dancing
Eight cyclist cycling
Seven swimmers swimming
Six plus hours sleeping
Five portions daily
Four relaxing tapes
Three meals a day
Two units daily
And a leaflet about how to be healthy!