It’s Proven: Love is Good for Your Health
Most people are fully aware that they feel worse when they are filled with negative emotions, like anger and hate, and better when filled with positive emotions, like love — but what they don’t always realize how negative emotions can directly impact their health for the worse.
Researchers from the HeartMath Institute have been studying how emotions affect the heart and its connection to the brain and overall heath for more than two decades. They have discovered that when someone feels positive emotions like gratitude, love or appreciation, the heart beats out a message that affect a person’s health.
According to HeartMath’s latest publication, Science of the Heart, the heart and brain continuously communicate with each other in a two-way dialogue, influencing how each of them function. HeartMath researchers have shown that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways: through the nervous system, via hormones and neurotransmitters, through pressure waves and electromagnetic field interactions.
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Positive emotions and learning how to regulate your emotions in a positive way, have been shown to prolong health and life-span, according to HeartMath researchers. Positive emotions boost the immune system and create health benefits, negative emotions create chaos within the nervous system. By learning to shift emotions from negative to positive, a person can change how the information is coded into the magnetic fields radiated by their heart.
To put yourself in a good place and get your heart and emotions lined up for better health, HeartMath recommends these tips:
Focus your attention on your heart area, and breathe a little deeper than normal, in for 5 or 6 seconds and out 5 or 6 seconds. Imagine “breathing through your heart.” To do this, picture yourself slowly breathing in and out through your heart area.
Activate a positive feeling as you maintain your heart focus and breathing. Recall a time you felt good inside, and try to re-experience the feeling. Remember a special place or the love you feel for a close friend, relative or treasured pet. The key is focus on something you really appreciate.
Doing this simple exercise should create greater sense of well-being and relaxation, HeartMath experts say.