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The Connection Between Emotional and Physical Health

Health experts have found that both positive and negative emotions have an influence on our health … and that laughter really is the best medicine.

Harmful or destructive emotions include fear, anger, and worry. They provoke the adrenal glands into producing adrenaline and cortisol, chemicals that are usually beneficial as they provide a boost of energy and alertness so we can confront danger or get safely away. However, unhealthy levels of these stress hormones could have a harmful effect, elevating heart rate, suppressing the immune system, and making it difficult to rest and get enough sleep.

In contrast, positive thoughts stimulate the production of endorphins, a neurotransmitter that counteracts the damaging effects of stress by lowering blood pressure, easing pain, and causing our brain to register feelings of happiness and well-being.

Visit FamilyDoctor.org to read about the way maintaining your sense of humor could protect your health.

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