Our Emotions Can Actually Affect Our Heart
By Tom Herrin
For as long as anyone can remember, our heart was considered the center of our emotions. So many stories, books, poems, songs, and similar things referred to our heart when mentioning emotions. We always think of it when we think of love. Sometime we think of our heart in reference to anger or sadness. As we have learned more about our bodies, we began to discount the heart and place more importance on our brain. It seems like so many things come full circle. Newer studies have shown that there really is a relationship between our heart and our emotions.
Bad Emotions Do Bad Things
There are many different kinds of emotions. The ones dealing with anger, frustration, and any other stress-related emotions can be pretty damaging. It is generally accepted that people who become uncontrollably irate risk major damage to their hearts. All of the emotions that cause stress can chip away at the health of our heart and body overall. Blood pressure can be increased, blood vessels narrow, bad hormones are released. Our immune system becomes weakened. Every time these emotions act a little out of control, we take a beating. The results can be serious.
The Good Emotions Strengthen Us
When we feel love or compassion, we feel good. These types of emotions really do improve our overall health. They can make our heart more efficient by lowering blood pressure and making us relax. Our heart rhythm is smoother when we experience these emotions. Most of us can physically feel the effects of these good emotions, such as that warm feeling all over. It is more than an expression. A good thing is that we can control some of these through practice. We don’t have to have the constant deluge of the bad emotions.
Learn To Appreciate Things
Appreciation is considered to be one of the most beneficial emotions to our health. We can learn to use it more by looking for things to be more appreciative of. Recalling times when we were appreciative can even help trigger the positive effects. It is one of those things we can practice. If practice makes perfect, we can improve our heart and our health by using these good emotions. Take charge of your emotions and your health. Put your heart in the right place. Think good thoughts, and start today.
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