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Relationship Between Health and Happiness

The Human Energy Field includes the body, mind, and emotions. It reflects our personalities, the ways we learned to deal with disappointments and success. It holds the aspects where our energy flows full and clean and it holds the places where energy got stuck and still gets stuck in our bodies. The Human Energy field is the basis of understanding our own relationship between health and happiness.

That is what we seek: happiness and health. We want to be contented, comfortable, and healthy. We want to experience joy. How can we create greater happiness and health for ourselves and those we love in spite of unhappy, sad, and painful experiences? The answer is real self-care. But what is it to really care for yourself?

When it comes to taking care of yourself, it is your feelings that are vital. They provide information essential to your well-being. All illness is rooted in emotion. Your emotional state is the barometer of your health. It can warn you of oncoming illness and can help you understand what is leading to ill health.

effects of happiness on the body

Expressing our emotions, including anger and negativity, fortifies the immune system. You might say complaining is good for your health – and it is as long as you don’t attack another person physically or dump on them energetically. I gave my husband license to complain because the evidence says it is good for his health.

Conversely, disease prone people are more likely to be those who hide their feelings. Research with cancer patients has shown that the more they are able to express negative feelings, the more lymphocytes are available to fight the tumor.

When you suppress emotions you interrupt the flow of energy through your body. That interferes with your ability to behave ‘ease-ily’, naturally, and with confidence. Then, you are more likely to need external rules and reassurance for your behavior rather than trust your own judgment. External guidelines may seem helpful but they aren’t necessarily what’s right for you whether the advice is “Give as good as you got!” or “Let bygones be bygones.”

importance of happiness in life

While the stress response system is ingenious, it is designed for short-term crises. A hormone called cortisol gets released and suppresses some bodily functions including the immune system. This allows us to focus our energy on the crisis. If the crisis isn’t handled in a constructive way, it’s difficult to calm down, cortisol remains at a high level and the immune system remains compromised.

Children, as well as adults in a verbally or physically hurtful environment face unending crises. Eventually cortisol levels may drop but by then the person is numb, no longer aware of the feelings he/she might have and the immune system is weak. Whether constantly upset or numb, energy sits stuck in the body, not discharged and damaging.

The sister of a friend has alienated most everyone she knows because she decided to ‘be real.’ Her interpretation of this is to say whatever comes to mind no matter how jarring or insulting it may be to the other person. Is this what it means to express your emotions in a healing manner? Of course not, though it may be the best her sister is able to do at this time.

If suppressing our feelings is dangerous for our health, how can we go about expressing ourselves constructively?

Step 1: Notice and allow all of your feelings, sensations and thoughts without judgment.

how happiness affects health

It is possible to be aware of your feelings in the moment but without the ability to observe them. This is the way a baby experiences life. Happy, sad, hungry, but without an overview of what’s going on. In the moment, yet asleep. Some adults live this way – aware of their feelings and sensations but without the ability to observe themselves and the patterns of their behavior. This first step is all about observation without judgment.

Step 2: Tolerate the feelings rather than distancing or distracting yourself from them.

There are many ways we distance ourselves from our feelings in the moment and later. We analyze what is happening; we replay the event over and over mentally in a futile attempt to alter the experience; we justify our feelings, plan a response, or mentally explain what occurred, all in the same moment when we believe ourselves to be noticing what is actually happening. What is actually happening is that we are commenting, altering, planning, justifying, etc., not tolerating whatever feelings we have. And it cannot be stated too emphatically: no judging what you feel.

Step 3: Maintain what balance you can during the crisis and then take the time you need to cool down.

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An interesting piece of research subjected both experienced meditators and novices to physical pain. Brain activity showed the meditation experts were less stressed going into the pain process. While they reported the same level of pain as the novices during the test, they remained calmer throughout.

What this implies for us, whether the suffering is physical or emotional, is that being open to the feelings and sensations of pain could decrease suffering. Less worry about what might happen, less distress in the midst of what happens, and less emotional residue when it’s over.

There are many natural ways to bring your body back to equilibrium after you’ve been upset: meditation, uplifting music, and laughter. Touch fortifies the immune system so spending time with pets or grandkids can put the world in perspective. Even an engrossing crossword puzzle or a stick of gum may help. There is also a medical chi gong exercise on YouTube to release anger, frustration and irritation available. Find what works for you.

Step 4: Choose a constructive response that is right for you.

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This is the trickiest step. If you take action too soon you may act out of anger and regret your choice later. Or, as noted above, alienate the people you love. If you wait too long, you may be in danger of a long-term festering grudge. You may need to cycle through your feelings several times: Noticing, tolerating, calming before you see the right path. In the end, you do the best you can. If it doesn’t work to resolve the matter you work with your feelings all over again.

Many years ago I read channeling from an entity called Seth through Jane Roberts. Seth said we are more fortunate than the angels for the opportunity to live in a physical world, to see and to feel. These are part of the exquisite joy of life on earth. Revel in your feelings, happy, sad, mad, glad. All of who you are will lead only to greater health and happiness.

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If you’re looking for Scottsdale Arizona energy healer, reach out and contact Dr. Sandra Egli at Center of Intention to start your holistic journey. Call 480-582-3374 today!

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