Chronic anger has been linked to health issues such as high blood pressure, headaches, skin disorders, heart problems, and digestive problems. Anger is also linked to problems such as emotional and physical abuse, and other violent behaviour.
Anger pushes the body to the fight and flight mode. The spike in cortisol levels and heart rate affect the body and the blood vessels tighten up. If you are constantly angry, you turn fatalistic and the result is arterial wall damage. A higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death by cancer often awaits negative people.
One study found that there was a three times higher risk of having a stroke from a blood clot to the brain or bleeding within the brain during the two hours after an angry outburst.
These are gruesome effects of negativity on our health and they can be permanently damaging. Self-repair is the priority and stopping your body from health disaster is a must. We could all take the concept of “nocebo effect” into everyday life and strive to develop a positive perspective towards life. This way, we can all see more positive outcomes, not just in clinical environments, but throughout out all aspects of our lives.
According to Scientist Barbara Fredrickson, positive emotions broaden our perspective of the world. Positive emotions build over time, creating lasting emotional resilience.
Fredrickson proposes that we need to experience three positive emotions for every negative one. This we can do intentionally, especially those less “wired” to positivity. This practice can literally reverse the effects of negativity on health and build up psychological resources that contribute to a flourishing life.
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