Thursday, February 20, 2014

Brain, Heart, and Appreciation

Do you begin the day by choosing to experience a sense of genuine appreciation? There will always be a place for proper eating and appropriate physical exercise. However, the old proverb says a merry heart is good medicine. Studies at the Institute of HeartMath have shown that an appreciative heart can help improve your health. If you have difficulty thinking of something to genuinely appreciate in the present moment, recall a time when you felt sincere appreciation and then recreate and experience that same feeling. By doing this you can increase the smoothness in your heart rhythms (something HeartMath refers to as coherence), reduce your levels of emotional stress, and positively impact your health. In today’s world I can always find something to appreciate and feel good about doing so, knowing that I am also benefiting my heart and its close connection with my brain.

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