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How Mood Effects Health
- Smiling, laughing and feeling thankful does more than make you a better person to be around, it makes you healthier too.
- Just thinking about an argument up to a week after can raise your blood pressure.
- Laughing 100 times offers an aerobic workout equivalent to 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike.
- Even subtle forms of anger, including impatience, irritability and grouchiness, are associated with anxiety, low mood and a higher risk of infection due to depressed immunity.
- When you cry, you really do cry out negative emotion, you remove stress chemicals. Your body is less prone to the negative effects of anxiety, including impaired memory and poor digestion.
- Someone in the grip of jealousy will have raised blood pressure, heart-rate and adrenalin levels, anxiety and probably insomnia.
- Cuddling releases an anti-ageing, anti-stress hormone that triggers restoration in the body.
- Feeling thankful, whether for a partner, an achievement or simply being alive, is all it takes to boost immunity, lower blood pressure and speed healing throughout the body.
- Depression, pessimism and apathy are all associated with low levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain.