Friday, December 21, 2007

Gratitude Promotes Optimal Health and Healing

"Feelings of gratitude release positive endorphins throughout the body, creating health."
- Sharon Huffman

Recent scientific literature has begun to illustrate that positive feelings, feelings of love, joy and gratitude do have a positive effect on our health and ability to self heal. These strong, positive feelings do so by enhancing the immune system which then enables the body to resist disease and recover more quickly from illness and injury. Not only does our immune system get stronger, but these positive feelings also release endorphins into our blood stream which are the body's natural pain killers, they also help to dilate the blood vessels which increase blood flow to healing tissues and organ systems it also helps reduce stress on the body and heart.

On the other hand, negative emotions, those emotions of fear, dispair, anger, worry and hopelessness reduce the number of and slow down the movement of disease fighting white blood cells in our blood stream and contribute to the development of stroke or cardiac disease by releasing high amounts of adrenaline into the blood stream. This adrenaline raises blood pressure and constricts blood flow to working and healing tissues and organs.

All in all, when we live in gratitude or experience thankful thoughts, we are facilitating and tapping into our healing capabilities and de-stressing our bodies so that our bodies can heal. This contributes to optimal levels of health and longer healthier lives. Feeling grateful will make us feel better!

"You cannot be grateful and unhappy at the same time."
-Woman to Dr. Tom Costa

So when you are upset, fearful or hopeless, spend some time thinking of all of your blessings, learn to acquire hope and live in hope, you will get better, you will beat whatever you are dealing with, you will attract better results to you!

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