Gratitude protects the heart

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Fear, envy and rage

Was this directly attributable to gratitude? Or would the positive effect have been attainable with mere positive thinking? Finally, the studies do not meet all standards for scientific studies today. Against the background of these questions, the researchers presented the thesis that gratitude among the positive emotions correlates particularly with well-being because it has a social side. The subjects were grateful for the things they had received from others. They were grateful for external circumstances and people who positively influenced their lives.

And indeed, a more accurate survey of the participants revealed that the social ties were further strengthened by the gratitude of the grateful, and the grateful also saw greater progress in motivation and achievement of important goals.

When Emmons was initially an exot, psychologists from various disciplines now assume that gratitude in the prevention of anxiety and panic disorders can help to mitigate phobias and act as a protective factor against depression and seeker diseases. Because emotions such as fear, envy, anger, so the explanation of the experts, can be difficult to exist alongside gratitude. It was almost impossible to be frustrated and grateful at the same time.

Gratitude protects the heart

In the meantime, researchers have further investigated this: One attempt suggests that gratitude can raise happiness levels by 25 percent and replace antidepressants with mild to moderate severe depression. Posttraumatic stress was also relieved by gratitude interventions.

In the meantime, school medicine is also exploring the gratitude. Paul J. Mills, specializing in psychoneuroimmunology and psychosomatic medicine, discovered that gratitude supports the heart health of heart patients. 186 men and women participated in his study: They suffered from a cardiac insufficiency (heart failure in stage B), in which they had no physical symptoms. When some of them were grateful, their physical condition improved, and a slippage in phase C could be prevented. Because Mills worked with a control group that did not receive any gratitude intervention, he reverted the positive health effects on heart health directly to gratitude.