09 Feb Everything Is Awesome
It turns out that singing your favorite song and going to a concert and may help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.
A research team from UC Berkeley found that people who reported a sense of awe had lower levels of cytokines, or less inflammation in their body. High doses of cytokines can cause several health problems such as heart disease, depression and autoimmune diseases.
While music is one of the major contributing factors to creating a sense of awe, other experiences can also help stir that emotion such as listening to religious sermons, walking in nature and looking at a beautiful work of art.
The study confirms something we know intuitively; positive emotions are good for our health. Add in a nutritious diet and lots of sleep and you’ll feel like a superhero!
Jennifer Stellar, on of the study’s co-authors says that finding time to participate in awesome experiences is important.
“Rather than seeing a walk through the park or a trip to the museum as an indulgence, we hope people will view these kind of experiences as important ways to promote a healthy body in addition to a healthy mind,” Stellar said. “Folding these kinds of positive experiences into your daily routine may be more important for health than we previously realized.”
We couldn’t agree more!
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