An Appreciative Heart is Good Medicine!
Every year at this time, I write about this topic and I always feel funny doing it.
Last year I made the commitment to make this part of my daily routine instead of waiting for the “official day”, Thanksgiving, to be grateful.
I started by downloading a free App that called “The Happiness Wizard”. I filled it out once or twice then stopped.
I kept the app though because reminders would pop up on my Ipad asking me things like “What are you grateful for today?” and “What made you happy today?”.
I made a habit of reviewing my day before falling asleep, highlighting what went well and what I was grateful for. It helped me sleep better and also not take for granted all the small and big things that went well. Gratitude is to the heart what flowers are to honey bees.. sweet nectar.
The Heartmath Institute (HI) has studied the “coherent heart” and its effect on our overall health; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
A growing number of scientists theorize it is the heart, of all your body’s organs, that plays perhaps the most important role in our emotional experience.
At the HI they have identified two types of heart waves that show up in response to feeling good or feeling bad.
When we feel what we call “positive emotions”, emotions such as love, appreciation, kindness, joy etc., the heart waves are “coherent”, they look like smooth rolling hills.
On the other side when we experience what we would call “negative emotions”, such as anger, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, etc, the heart waves are incoherent, they show up as “jagged”.
“Negative emotions create a chain reaction in the body: stress-hormone levels increase, blood vessels constrict, blood pressure rises and the immune system is weakened. Consistently experiencing these emotions will put a strain on the heart and other organs which could eventually lead to serious health problems. An appreciative heart is good medicine”
The practice of appreciation and gratitude fills the heart with good medicine which in turns help all other physical systems of the body.In addition, it stabilizes our mood and helps us feel more secure. We cannot feel love and fear at the same time. It is a matter of choice in terms of where to put our focus.
This Thanksgiving, I invite you to begin the habit of giving your heart “good medicine”.
The rest of your body will appreciate it along with your moods and the people around you!
In gratitude to all of you for being part of my life,