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The human body has evolved over millions of years. Every day, it sends us both subconscious and direct signals that we can interpret and act upon.

Whether you call it gut feeling, intuition or subconscious does not matter. It is much more important to interpret the signals of your own body correctly and to react to them in the best possible way.

Of course, your own body is not a higher, impeccable intelligence. The following maxim helps to recognize the misinterpretations of your body early: You should not listen to your positive gut feelings, but to your negative ones.

For example, if you have a euphoric gut feeling about a financial investment, then you should examine the investment with suspicion. Are there objective facts on which your enthusiasm is based or is the positive gut feeling only due to the good sales strategy of a financial advisor?

If, on the other hand, you have a negative feeling, you are usually right. If you feel weak and sick, this is a very reliable sign that you should take it easy so that you don't really get ill.

However, all this is much easier said than done. It is difficult to interpret the signals of your own body correctly – and even more difficult to then react correctly. In the euphoria of the moment, it's tempting to give in to the positive feeling. And when you're feeling sick, it's easy to overexert yourself anyway.

No one can interpret all the signals of his or her body correctly. That is not the goal at all. Instead, you should try to live with your body in the best possible way. In today's society, we often imagine a sharp line between body and mind, but there is no such line, because the body and the mind influence each other.

If you start to listen to the signals of your body, you will understand its needs better.

In summary, it is therefore important to listen to the signals of your own body and to interpret them correctly. Based on this, it is important to act in accordance with these signs.

In general, be skeptical about a positive gut feeling, since the body is then often wrong. A bad gut feeling, however, should be trusted.