How Negative Emotions Impact Our Health

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Many have heard me say that our body’s overall health depends on what it hears us say, think or believe. We experience an assortment of emotions, which can arrange from happiness to sadness, to extreme joy or despair and misery. The kaleidoscope of emotions creates a different feeling within our body. Each emotion and its extent of happiness to despair release a kaleidoscope of matching chemicals called neurotransmitters. Each chemical works on creating different environments within the body.

For instance if your brain (following a meal) releases serotonin you will feel relaxed. When it releases a different neurotransmitter such as dopamine you will feel a reward motivated behavior. However, if its release of dopamine is too much or too little it will upset our motor skills. When stressed our body releases cortisol and we will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.

Lets go back to our body hearing or feeling what we think, say or believe. What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Such as we aren’t enough or are not smart enough or unloved? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts such as we are highly intelligent and greatly loved?

The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed that someone driving can get cut off and become angry and feels it as a personal affront? That emotion sets them up for a day of irritation. Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the break slightly and move on as if nothing happened. The same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t define it. Our perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected.

“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates

One thought on “How Negative Emotions Impact Our Health

  1. Love the quote! Too many times we forget how we “think” affects everything we do.

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