Sure, you’ve most probably heard about this thing called Law of Attraction, you’ve possibly even read The Secret when it was at its peak popularity. But if you are on the more skeptic end of the psychology spectrum, you are probably disregarding it as a scam or a pseudoscience. Which is completely fine.
Hunger Hormone is A Key To Your Lottery Win
But have you heard about a mind over a milkshakes experiment? It was a part of a study done in 2011 that explored how what we think impacts our ghrelin hormone. Ghrelin is a gut peptide that basically makes us want to eat and is at its peak when we are very hungry. That is why you’ll also often hear people call it the “hunger hormone” – it will stay high until you eat, and then it will finally start dropping, signaling your brain you’ve had enough.
So, the logical way to think about it would be: when there are actions in our bodies that involve our involuntary nervous system, there isn’t much we can do to impact it, right? Wrong. The study in question showed one staggering fact: that what we think can affects our hormones. (And consequently possibly even our potential lottery win).
Mind Over Everything
In a mind over milkshakes experiment two groups of people were given two types of milkshakes (at least to their knowledge). The first group was told it was given a 620-calorie “indulgent” shake, while the other group was told they were given a 140-calories “sensible” shake. The ghrelin decline in the first group was very steep after drinking the shake, while drinking the “sensible” shake showed a flat ghrelin response. But, as you’ve probably guessed: in reality both groups were given the same 380-calorie shake.
Isn’t that mind-blowing? There isn’t much to believe in or not believe in here, really, there is no pseudoscience here either. It’s a simple experiment that basically proved that if we think we are eating something, it directly correlates with a certain hormone level. It proved that we are what we think and that we create our own reality, at least to a much higher extent than an average person thinks. So why not put that fact to a good use?
What to Believe In
This experiment isn’t far from the placebo affect or even far from the saying “Fake it till you make it”. Of course, there are parts of each of these premises that are questionable, but the fact that there is far more in our hands than we are willing to admit is undeniable.
So, how can you make a lottery win your milkshake in a sense? Well, you don’t have to drink the whole law-of-attraction Kood-Aid, but maybe it’s time you start reconsidering just how much your thoughts have an impact on your reality. In other words, you should be convinced your lottery win is on the way, and you are really increasing your chances that way. Dismiss the bad thoughts and doubts and it will happen sooner than you think.
Just don’t forget you still have to play to win, it won’t manifest itself out of a thin air. At least yet.