For decades scientists have been researching the connection between our emotions and our health. They have begun to study in detail the workings of the physical heart and to consider how our emotional state affects our general well being. In 1991 Dr. J. Andrew Armour first introduced the term heart brain. He showed that the heart’s complex nervous system qualified it as a “little brain.” It was discovered that the heart’s elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the brain. Your heart can learn and remember; even feel and sense.
The Institute of HeartMath devotes itself to extensive research in these areas. They have coined the phrase “the intelligent heart.” Their researchers have discovered that when people experience “sincere positive feeling states” their hearts and brains function together more effectively, improving their performance and well being.
HeartMath has also looked at the power of relationships and the affect they have on our lives. They recommend taking care that our closest relationships remain healthy by watching for stress that may build over time. Negative emotions like anger, fear, and
anxiety can build up and cause us to react in unhealthy ways toward each other.
HeartMath suggests that there are four key qualities of the heart that can improve your
- Care –
What greater gift can one person give than sincere care for another, whether it is comforting the sick or grieving, giving hope to the hopeless, or offering inspiration to one who is wavering.
- Compassion –
Heartfelt compassion for the circumstance or plight of another person, not only lifts them up, it also triggers responses within our bodies known to enhance our decision-making abilities and personal resilience.
- Appreciation –
When we express genuine appreciation to others for what they do and who they are, we bring them joy. HeartMath has conducted a broad range of scientific studies demonstrating that positive emotions, especially appreciation, benefit the giver and receiver.
- Authentic Communication –
Practiced regularly, this heart tool can help you build, improve,or smooth out your relationships. This type of communication requires both learning how to
speak your truth from a genuinely heart-felt place and learning how to listen more deeply. Slowing down and making a sincere effort to listen can help
keep the communication bond intact. It helps you to be aware of your friend, family, or partner’s deeper feelings, bringing a more sensitive understanding.
HeartMath research has found that deep listening involves hearing on three levels.
- Words: what is actually being said.
- Feelings: the emotions behind the words.
- Essence: what the words and feelings
combined really mean.
In the world of Goodness; care, compassion, appreciation, and authentic communication are critical to fulfilling the deepest desires of every human soul:
To know and be known, to love and be loved, to serve and be served, to celebrate and be celebrated!
We highly recommend that you focus on these actions and exercise them toward yourself and others. We believe that it will be Good for you, and we have the science to prove it!
We encourage you to take a closer look at HeartMath to discover the
research they are doing and the ways they can help you live a better life. The
information in this post was taken from their newsletters and website.
A “Good” Idea:
Consider specific ways you can show care, compassion, appreciation, and
authentic communication with people in your world this week. Begin to pay more
attention to your own heart and how it reacts to your world. Goodness begins
with the care of your own heart and soul.