How Emotions Affect Your Health

Jul 21, 2009
Many of us realize that conditions like stress and depression can negatively influence our body. What happens in our bodies when we feel elated or angry and how our emotions increase or cut the risk of certain health problems?


One of the most intense emotions such as anger may influence our health in different ways. Specialists say that anger should not be considered an absolutely negative emotion, because occasional anger stimulates adrenaline gland, increasing our energy and boosting our immune system.

However, if you a kind of person that becomes fiery quite easily and experience chronic anger, you might actually seriously harm your health. The most common problems that result from chronic anger are diabetes and heart disease. Angry people are more likely to have high blood pressure and high cholesterol level. They also tend to be more susceptible to infections due to weakened immune system.


Many of us instinctively know that positive emotions contribute to better health. This fact was well-documented by numerous studies. The feeling of happiness was linked to better overall physical health and lack of long-term health concerns. Just 20 minutes of positive thoughts enhanced the immune system, due to increased levels of antibodies that ward off respiratory infections. The study from Carnegie Mellon University showed that optimistic people have fewer colds and even if they catch a cold they have fewer symptoms of cold. Besides, happiness contributes to longevity, protecting against a variety of diseases, including breast cancer.


Everyone becomes anxious or nervous from time to time, which is absolutely normal. Occasional anxiety boosts your attention and energy levels. However, chronic anxiety that interferes with your life often leads to serious health problems. Anxious people are more likely to suffer from migraines, insomnia and depression. Anxiety also ups your risk of developing such conditions as asthma, back pain and sexual disorders. Anxiety is hard on heart and your ability to resist various illnesses.


Depression is known to be the major culprit for bad health. When a person is depressed, the level of serotonin is low, which contributes to development of blood clots and increases the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Stressed people also have increased cortisol level, inhibiting the absorption of calcium, which leads to osteoporosis. Depression is also linked to sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders. 

Health tips:

  • Have at least 30 minutes of exercise. It will boost the level of endorphins by five times, making you feel happier.

  • Spend more time outdoors. The exposure to sunlight increases the level of serotonin that prevents the development of depression.

  • Eat in moderation. Being slightly hungry will increase the level of gherlin hormone, which makes you feel more peaceful.

  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is essential for your health, helping to calm your nervous system and fix those disturbed emotions.

  • Join a group. Being socially involved and supported by others plays a positive role on your mental health.

  • Practice relaxation techniques.  Such practices as tai chi, yoga and meditation were shown to calm down negative emotions and promote better physical health.