We speak to ourselves on a daily basis. We speak hope, vibrancy, courage, enthusiasm, curiosity…pretty much any distinct shade in the emotional spectrum. Our inner dialogue can even mimic a cheesy musical as we go about fluffing our own ego-feathers with those “go get em!” praises. But everyone, no matter how optimistic their initial outlook, can find themselves without a 1up mushroom and into a dark world of pessimism, anxiety, doubts.
In another article, I mentioned the power of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and its influential role in hijacking and taking command of one’s own willpower. Here, I am revisiting this particular science so that we can apply the knowledge to our own health in a significant way.
Words translate to emotions.
Emotions translate to health.
Health and Emotions are more closely in tune with each other than one may realize. So closely are they linked that they may as well be considered BFFs or even conjoined twins.
More scientists are acknowledging this inseparability between health and emotions; so much so that they are adamant, or should I say, confident about certain research findings.
Specifically, there is a positive correlation between a healthful outlook and well…health. (just another example of science confirming what we feel to be true intuitively).
Based on the research findings, people who have sunnier and happier outlooks have fewer colds and greater protection against chronic diseases such as strokes, high blood pressure and heart disease. And before you yell out “coincidence” or throw the social-science research term “spurious,” these findings hold true when other very relevant variables are controlled such as diet, exercise, and smoking habits. That’s right, you can eat all the broccoli you want and yell at all the smokers to snuff out their cigarettes smoking near the Starbucks no-smoke zone so that you can breathe your clean oxygen, but if you ain’t happy, it’s not guaranteed that you will have optimal health. You can read more about the research on the Harvard School of Public Health website.
This could be good or bad news for some of you depending on your unique genetic structure because 50% of your tendency to feel happiness is predisposed. Take that with a caveat however; the other 50% can still significantly influence whatever happiness set point that you may have been born with.
What can you do to ensure that happiness is on your default setting? Look out for the next following articles where I examine the neuroscience behind the placebo effect as aptly put by Dr. David Hamilton, the brain’s interaction with the gratitude journal, and finally, the happiness set point.