Whenever characters in movies or television shows have heart attacks, the event is portrayed as dramatic—and there’s rarely any doubt about what’s happening. Because of this, many people expect heart attacks to come with chest-clutching pain and collapse. However, according to research from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, 45 percent of heart attacks are considered “silent heart attacks.”
I found a great article called “Thank Your Way to a Happy Heart” which is so fabulous, I only want to offer you some teasers, so you’ll read it for yourself. In a nutshell, the article says that by shifting our emotions from negative, stressful feelings like frustration and anger, to positive ones like gratitude, appreciation and love, we do our hearts and our bodies a big favor. When we make that shift, we’re moving from the sympathetic to a parasympathetic state.
A new study that will be detailed in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science talks about the connection between fast food and a life of impatience. It seems a bit like the chicken and the egg, or in this case, the chicken nuggets or the Egg McMuffin.
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