Having lots of emotions might help you live longer

we love 05/07/2017

Happiness isn't the only emotion you need to feel to be healthy.

Humans are capable of feeling so many emotions, with new research saying that people who experienced the widest range of positive emotions are more likely to have reduced risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

In the new study published in the journal Emotion, researchers looked at whether the range and variety of feelings would play a role in overall health.

Such a range may improve physical and mental health by “preventing an overabundance or prolonging of any one emotion from dominating an individuals’ emotional life,” they write.

The researchers got 175 middle-age adults to keep a daily diary of their emotional experiences for a month, and then 6 months later they tested their blood samples for markers of systemic inflammation.

Systemic inflammation is a known risk factor and can help identify signs for early death.

Overall, the people who reported a wide range of positive emotions were found to have less inflammation, meaning more emotions and better help.

On the other end of the spectrum they found that it didn't really matter if you used a wide range of emotions or not, if you had negative emotions a lot of the time then you showed signs of inflammation.

Source: Hello Giggles