The Emotion Which Has a Wonderful Protective Effect on Mind And Body

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How this feeling could protect you against depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Positive emotions, especially the feeling of awe, have been linked to lower levels of inflammatory cytokines by a new study.

The research suggests that the positive feeling from enjoying the beauty of nature or getting lost in a painting or symphony can actually help protect the body against heart disease, arthritis, depression, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Dacher Keltner, one of the study’s authors, said:

“That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions — a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art — have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

Across two different experiments, 200 people reported their emotions during the day, including the extent to which they felt:

  • amusement,
  • awe,
  • compassion,
  • contentment,
  • joy,
  • love
  • and pride.

Their cheeks were also swabbed…

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2 responses to “The Emotion Which Has a Wonderful Protective Effect on Mind And Body

  1. this is wonderful Tony! I’m bookmarking this to read all later. Following your blog now too. 🙂

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