Do emotions impact our health and well-being?

Surjit Singh Flora

Emotion is a multifaceted concept that encompasses various intricate factors. Emotions are widely regarded as a defining characteristic of human beings. Both the physical traits we share with other animals and the significant role our mind plays in our emotional experience have an impact. This combination results in a distinct and unique emotional experience.
I recently came across a book by Frank Joe Bruno on psychology. In his discussion, he explores the idea that the words “exit” and “motion” combine to form the word “emotion.” According to ancient Greek beliefs, facial expressions such as smiles and frowns were seen as manifestations of the soul emerging from the body, reflecting emotions like happiness or sadness. The object was demonstrating a motion indicating departure. This evolved into “e-motion,” more commonly known as “emotion.”
An emotion can be understood as a disturbance in the body’s natural balance at a physiological level. Heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure exhibit alterations. From a psychological perspective, individuals may perceive these physiological changes as heightened excitement or enhanced tranquility.
Where do feelings or emotions originate?
We have a lot of contradictory ideas about what causes emotions in our minds. We are used to conceiving of the mind and the body as being different and independent entities. When we say “mind,” we are referring to the senses of emotion, imagination, and reason, as well as other conscious and unconscious processes that occur in the brain. When compared to the latter, which comprises concrete reality – that which can be seen, handled, and measured – the former seems to be comprised of an ethereal world of dreams and imagination at first glance. In the event that this were the case, it would be more difficult to accurately calculate the origin of feeling. There is a lengthy philosophical history around this mind-body argument, which is covered in much more depth under the section on reason.
We also connected various regions of the body with different emotions, which is another point of interest. Fear is something that we feel in our spine, love originates from the heart, anger originates from the spleen, and the phrase “gut feeling” is often used to represent the sensation that something is correct.
There is a consensus among most people that the truth lies somewhere in the middle of these two perspectives. The ‘dualist’ school of thought, which maintains that the mind is distinct from our bodies, has received relatively little support, as the discussion on the mind-body issue has shown during the course of the argument. That the emotions are the result of the many organs in the body is a point of contention that, of course, no professional psychologist or physician would bring up. One of the parts of the brain that is responsible for emotion is the limbic system, which is comprised of numerous structures that are found in the cerebral cortex. However, it is considered that emotion originates from a physical cause. These structures are responsible for registering the quantities of chemicals, which are sometimes referred to as neurotransmitters, that are being produced by the body in response to certain situations that the individual is experiencing. As an example, when a person is in love, eating chocolate, or experiencing ecstasy, their serotonin levels are much higher than they would be under normal circumstances! This rise in level is recognised by the brain, and the sensation that is produced as a consequence is one that we connect with joy.
The heart contains neuro-tissue. It is often said that this experience allows us to feel a deep connection to something greater than ourselves, evoking emotions of love, peace, joy, respect for others and everything around us, and a sense of gratitude. This text highlights the potential for harnessing powerful emotions to counteract our instinctual survival emotions originating from the amygdala. It’s important to keep in mind that the heart’s energy surpasses that of the brain. The work of another scientist, Dr. David Hawkins M.D. Ph.D., is highly relevant to your question. In his book, The “I” of the Eye…, the author discusses his extensive research with post-doctoral students, focusing on the unique energies associated with different emotions. He highlights the profound impact of low-frequency emotions like shame and grief, which can lead to depression and illness. Love, joy, reverence, and gratitude have incredibly powerful frequencies that emanate from our heart and affect those around us. They act as a tuning fork, elevating the emotions of those nearby to higher frequencies. Have you ever had the pleasure of being in the company of someone who simply uplifts your spirits? Our love and joy have the power to make a significant impact on the world.
There is a growing belief among scientists that neuro tissue may also be present in the gut. We all have instincts that guide us, and it’s something we can’t deny. Whenever friends, family, or even strangers seek my guidance in making a decision, I advise them to close their eyes and carefully consider the potential outcomes of each choice. There is a sense of immediate understanding that arises within each individual, as if all mental barriers have vanished and the answer becomes clear within their very being. It’s truly delightful to witness the instant transformation on their face and hear them speak confidently, “Alright, I understand.”
Paul Pershall MD, author of the Heart’s Code, provided numerous examples of how the emotions, preferences, and thoughts of a heart donor can be expressed in the recipient. During my conversations with various donors, it became evident that some individuals hesitate to discuss their experiences with their doctors due to concerns about potential ridicule. However, they strongly assert experiencing cravings for different foods, developing new interests, and even visualizing the donor and their immediate family in their mind’s eye. Upon delving into the life of the donor, the recipient uncovers the foundation for their newfound interests and preferences. A once cheerful man became deeply despondent and tragically took his own life. His family discovered that his donor had tragically succumbed to depression and taken their own life.
Dr. Pershall shares a poignant story about a couple who were in the midst of an argument when their car was tragically struck by a drunk driver. The couple had made a promise to always resolve their disagreements with compassion before going to bed. The husband died instantly. The wife sought closure and requested to meet the recipient of her husband’s heart. Upon meeting him, she requested that he take off his shirt. As he did so, she gently placed her hands on his chest and reassured him, “Darling, everything is perfectly fine, The recipient’s mother overheard this and inquired about the meaning of the word “copacetic?” After my son’s surgery, when the breathing tube was removed, his first words were, “Copacetic, copacetic.”
Emotions can be categorized into different groups based on the words we use to describe them. Such as : Pleasant excitement, Unpleasant excitement, Pleasant calm, and Unpleasant calm. Terms like happy, joy, and ecstasy fall under a specific category, and people may find them either enjoyable or disagreeable. Jealousy, anger, sadness, happiness, hope, anger, desire, anxiety, hope, ascension, collapse, fear, hatred, despair, love, indifference, infatuation, romance, lust, shame, doubt, grief, surprise, helplessness, Helpless people are only weaklings. In the kind of circumstances that a person is going through, the feelings start to grow in his mind. Most of the life of every person runs on the basis of feelings. If the feelings of love arise from hatred, then relationships Adds and lead to the ascending art; if jealousy grows out of hatred, it opens the way to destruction.
It is not necessary that loneliness arise in a human being. Sometimes, even in a heavy gathering, one person keeps generating love, hate, anger or any other kind of resentment. The waves inside the human mind bounce like waves rising in the seas. In one moment, the mind takes the velocity generated within it to heights and the next moment it falls into a calm, flat stagnation. There is a lot of conflict going on in the veins of the mind. Questions arise automatically from within, and answers are found automatically. In this way, solutions to many big problems are also found from the processes of introspective question and answer, and new discoveries are made.
Emotion often depends on the mood of the person at the moment. For example, it is impossible to produce a very meek or sweet Emotion after witnessing a fight or vigorous activity, just as it is impossible to extract butter without churning curds. Emotions arise from each man’s own nature. Stiff and irritable people are often less happy to see people laughing and playing around them. Most of the time, those people keep burning inside when they see others laughing. Emotions are created according to the personality of every human being and these Emotions help in improving or spoiling personalities. The personalities living in the climbing arts always have a sense of the climbing art, which leads such personalities to more climbing art by refining them day by day.
The same emotions cannot arise in the minds of happy or sad people. Inspiration arises from the desires of every human being. If positive-thinking people are producing, then the human personality becomes forward-thinking; if the same people are negative and decaying, then they will drown him in a deep well of despair one day. If a person learns to calm the emotions of the mind by strengthening the will power, then he can teach the mind sinking in the depths of despair to walk on the paths leading to the destinations. Because, actually, this is our life.
(The writer is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton).

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