Here’s an interesting story about the healing power of loveâ€“even indirectly:
Once upon a time, a researcher at Harvard Medical School decided to test the effects of thinking about love on the immune system. To do that, he showed a group of students a documentary film about Mother Teresa caring lovingly for the sick.
Before and after the students viewed the film, the researcher tested each student and measured an immune antibody (immuno- globulin A, or IgA) that fights infections like colds.
What did he find?
Immune function, as measured by the level of IgA, rose significantly in the students, even those who thought Mother Teresa was “too religious” or “a fake.”
That means that their bodies’ ability to fight off colds or other infections improved by viewing the film.
The scientist then duplicated this effect by asking students simply to THINK about loving and being deeply loved by another person.
Think about THAT!
[Note: The researcher was David McClelland, PhD, and this story is told by Larry Dossey in his book, Healing Words.]
Interesting. I think the converse can also be true. I don't go out of my way to watch movies that are realistically violent. I don't mind "cartoon violence" or action movies, but those films that are too realistic about it are a downer. This is why I did not rush out to see "No Country for Old Men," even though it is now the Oscar winner. I will rent it but I need to be in the mood for something like that.