Human beings are engineered to experience various types of emotions and each of these emotions affects our health in a different way. While positive emotions make us feel high, the effects of negative emotions on our health are devastating.
Be it happiness or anger or sadness, these emotions are associated with certain chemicals that help in creating a different feeling within the body. For example, when you are happy or feeling fulfilled or satisfied in life, your brain releases more dopamine which is also known as a happy hormone. You also feel happy, relaxed, and positive when your body releases other feel-good hormones like serotonin or oxytocin. These chemicals when released works to create a different environment within the body.
Similarly there are certain chemicals released when we are extremely sad or frustrated like cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine. These are three stress hormones in our body and work together to make you feel stressed and kick your body into survival mode.
Positive and negative emotions
Positive thoughts and emotions and negative thoughts and emotions affect our body in a different way. How does that affect our body and life? And what about people who are not emotionally charged to neither positive or negative?
Well, there is a duality in our world, to a degree. While a school student may feel sad and depressed at failing in an exam, another person may have no regrets, but take it as a challenge and make sure to pass in the next attempt. Are situations innately positive or negative? Or is it the people who define things as positive or negative?
After intense thinking you might realize that there are no positive and negative experiences. Instead, it’s just all in our perception.
Cut the perceptions as much as possible
The way we perceive an experience or an event influences how we feel and how it will affect our body and health. When you change your perception and definition of each experience and move into a state of mind/awareness/consciousness, you will see different outcomes.
You need to accept the things the way they are and use it as a learning grounds. But reaching such a state of mind needs a lot of practice and patience. In the meanwhile you must know how certain emotions can affect your health. And for that you must first understand the mind-body connection.
What is mind-body connection?
Although not visible, what affects your mind also profoundly affects your body. So, people who are optimistic can easily find the root and deal with internal conflict and create a positive lifestyle. On the other hand pessimistic people have a hard time dealing directly with the internal challenges and in turn create a negative lifestyle.
Aggression, self-destructive thoughts, suicide ideation are common in people struggling with inner turmoil and unable to resolve life issues for a very long time. Unlike optimistic people, pessimistic people use negative affirmations which in turn amplifies the negative energy in their life.
Why is this?
According to the law of attraction, you manifest what you attract. If you think you will be happy no matter what happens, you will surely be happy. But, if you think “I am a loser, I have messed up everything and nothing can fall into place”, then you will be doomed. When you focus on pain you will have it in an uncontrollable manner.
Because our emotions and experiences are essentially energy, which can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies.
Sometimes an event or a situation can leave an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body. No matter how many years have passed, you can still feel something happened to you. It happens when you hold energy from an experience in that area.