Friday, February 19, 2010

Probing Question: Do emotions influence heart health?

Probing Question: Do emotions influence heart health?

"Can positive emotions like love, friendship and social connectedness improve health? It seems that way, suggests McDanel. Many studies have shown that patients who have caring support networks during health crises have better outcomes than those who do not, she said. A decade-long study on elderly Australians found that those with larger networks of friends were found to be 22 percent less likely to die during the study period than those with fewer friends.
"Friendships and supportive social networks can definitely help people through times of sickness or emotional hardship," McDanel said. "We have to treat people with a holistic approach, treating their physical maladies, improving their diet and exercise, but also working on their emotions and giving them the tools to manage them better."
Reducing stress, anger and loneliness, she said, is a recipe for good health"
Just goes to show, we need to be there for each other and be good to each other. Support and kindness are life saving.

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