50 percent of Americans admit to irrationally believing in supernatural forces. Are they on to something? Taking rituals to the extreme (think: obsessive hand-washing, lock-checking, or refusing to leave the house for fear of germs) can throw a wrench in health and happiness. But research shows that run-of-the-mill magical thinking can make us feel more in control and capable.
The Takeaway: Go ahead, take that rabbit’s foot to work (or repeat that mantra before your next game). Superstitious beliefs — in moderation — can boost our performance, even if it is all in our head.
Make It Happen Like a Greatist: Try repeating, “I’m a greatist, I’m a greatist…” seven times to yourself at every 45 second mark on your next run. Tell us if it makes a difference!
Source and Read More: http://greatist.com/happiness/benefits-of-superstition/#
- Q&A: Why Superstition and ‘Magical Thinking’ Have Real Benefits (nadernazemi.com)
- Q&A: Why Superstition and ‘Magical Thinking’ Have Real Benefits (healthland.time.com)