Reverse Aging, Stress and ill Health with Gratitude – Study

Health with Gratitude
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.
 

Nowadays, a crisis is something very common siting the tragedies in the world.
In spite of the fact, that educating yourself regarding the latest news both bad and good, keeps one informed and educated but it can have its toll on aging, happiness and overall health.

Anyhow, positivity can counteract the negative effects that we experience. The best part is that it takes only a few minutes a day to radically change our physical and mental well-being, while at the same time slowing and possibly reversing the aging process. The secret? Living a life of gratitude.

Gratitude is Great for Your well-being; Confirmed by Science

As unlikely as it may sound, when we slow down and take the time to appreciate all the good in our lives — rather than what we are dissatisfied with — a radical change in our physiology occurs. The simple act of gratitude has been scientifically shown to balance our heart rhythms and nervous system, leading to favorable changes in immunity and hormonal equilibrium, plus increased DHEA-an anti-aging compound. Plus, huge decrease* in depression, insomnia, anxiety and stress.

Reverse Aging

Stress also causes a number of autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, mental illness and cancer. It best to curtail it.

The good news is that we can easily tame stress in just a few minutes per day by using simple techniques. A study sponsored by the Institute of HeartMath and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California found that EST – emotional self-management program helped in reduction* of stress-producing cortisol and increase* in DHEA, which helped battle anxiety and tension.

Cortisol levels and salivary DHEA/DHEAS were measured and using a heart rate variability evaluation, assessment on the autoimmune system was made, in forty-five healthy participants, involved in the research. Also a psychological quiz was also given. Individuals were evaluated before and four weeks after being trained in the emotional self-management program, which included practices that encourage appreciation and gratitude.

In the study abstract:

“The experimental group experienced significant increases* in the positive affect scales of Vigor and Caring and significant decreases* in the negative affect scales of Stress and Anxiety, Burnout, Hostility and Guilt Effects, while no significant changes were seen in the other group. There was a mean 23 percent reduction* in cortisol and a 100 percent increase* in DHEA/DHEAS in the experimental group.”

Two key techniques were used for the experiment the “Cut-Thru” and “Heart Lock-In.” To learn the specifics of both practices, see The HeartMath Solution…

President of the Institute of HeartMath, Sara Childre aptly observes:

“Gratitude is a simple and effective practice and the benefits are real and attainable. Many of us know this in our hearts, but now it’s proven by modern science. Gratitude paves a happier, healthier and more fulfilling state of being for anyone who takes a few moments to feel and reflect on it.”

Source:

  • http://www.naturalnews.com/047287_gratitude_reverse_aging_stress.html

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Expert Author : Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain (Consumer Health Digest)

Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain is a Pakistan origin health writer and nutritionist. After her basic education in Pakistan she moved to Oman for further studies and became "the First-Health Coach from the Sultanate". She is graduate of Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature, and was also nominated for "Full-Bright Scholarship Program," from St. Joseph College for women. Syeda is our lead contributing News Editor and she believes "Food is the best form of Preventive-Medicine".