Friday, October 2, 2009

Love, Anger and the Immune System

I'm reading a book about highly sensitive people. In case you haven't noticed, I am one :)

More on that later.

I just read an interesting bit on the effects of the exposure of love and anger on the immune system. A Harvard scientist named David Mclelland conducted a research study which showed watching anger-provoking movies suppressed the immune system (measured by chemicals in the saliva) for five to six hours in the subjects. On the flip side, watching the compassionate work of Mother Teresa caused elevation of the immune system levels.

Clear evidence that we must manage our exposure to stress for the sake of our health. Not surprising, but the physiological evidence always has a greater impact on my motivation to take things more seriously.

So I am off to find movies about Mother Teresa, butterflies and unicorns.
Have a lovely day!

1 comment:

  1. I found a book on highly sentive... I thought I would share!!

    I did not know you blog... how long have you been blogging?

    From Ilse