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How are our emotions and health linked?

Anger, love, happiness, frustration, grief, fear, desire, envy, jealousy, guilt, aggression, hope, sadness, joy, passion, pessimism, optimism...

There's no denying it: we humans are capable of an amazing range of emotions! And it's fascinating to consider how this can affect our health.

In fact, it's a topic that has been discussed and debated since the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle (400 BC).

But in spite of our vast body of knowledge, relatively little is understood about the impact of our feelings on our health. However, some things have been proven or are accepted as fact based on empirical evidence.

Effects of anger and other negative emotions

What we know is that certain mental states do create a physiological response. If these feelings and reactions are negative and prolonged, then the resulting response in the body can be negative as well.

Some researchers believe this can lead to chronic conditions that include hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery disease, and heart attacks. Pretty serious stuff. Especially when you are living with heart disease.

Love, happiness, humor and health

On the other hand, strong positive feelings do induce positive physical and emotional responses and that are thought by many to have significant health benefits.

Humor allows people to release fears, anger, and stress and to feel more in control of situations. So if these negative factors can be dissipated it stands to reason that the body will be more healthy because of it.

We've created pages on these important topics for those living with heart disease: Anger and Heart Disease, Laughter and Heart, Stress Management, Hugs and Heart, Pets and Heart, Depression and Heart Disease, and Optimism and Health.

Explore the topics. We hope you will find the information contained in these pages useful and helpful in your own life or in helping your loved ones to cope.

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