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The Case for Happy Thoughts

The Case for Happy Thoughts

Angry, hostile thoughts bring about rapid heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, and flushing of the face, among other changes. Anxious thoughts can also speed up the heart and raise blood pressure, as well as induce tremor of the hand, cold sweat, a knotted stomach, and a pervasive weakening, as when we say a person is “sick with dread.”

Different kinds of thoughts must produce chemical changes in the brain in order to account for such physical manifestations. To quote one researcher, “There is no twisted thought without a twisted molecule.”

Likewise, happy thoughts of all kinds, loving thoughts, thoughts of peace and tranquility, of compassion, friendliness, kindness, generosity, affection, warmth, and intimacy each produce a corresponding state of physiology via the flux of neurotransmitters and hormones in the central nervous system.

The profound physiological changes that happy thoughts induce lead to good health because the neurotransmitters that mediate them in the body have a stimulating effect. If, as we have seen, the body’s immune system is weakened by feelings of anger, apathy, enmity, resentment, conflict and gloom, then happy thought patterns should serve to increase the body’s resistance to disease through a similar, but reversed effect.

For thoughts to be capable of curing, they must be innocently held and sincerely believed in over a period of time, because the longer the curative thought patterns influence the appropriate neurotransmitters, the more neurotransmitters can influence the physiology of the brain.

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Adapted from Creating Health, by Deepak Chopra (Houghton Miffin Company, 1987).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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5:52AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Be grateful ..... not sure who said it and I'm paraphrasing: "If the only prayer you say is 'thank you' that's enough"

1:53AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Good article. Thank you!

3:32PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

It makes sense!

4:14AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


3:49AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


12:20PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Very insightful article. It is not good to stay angry.

12:16PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Yeah, anger is very bad.

11:48AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013


12:28AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Happy thoughts influence our outlook,attitude about ourselves and others and lead to better health as we aren't producing chemicals that are bad for our bodies but are bodies are in perfect equilibrium and our positive outlook affects our health as well as our perceptions of ourselves and others! Happiness is one of the best ways to counter negative thoughts and stay healthy!

1:54PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Keeping happy thoughts is vital for good health and enlightenment!
i practice it regularly....there is enough negative in the world already!
Smiling a lot too! (even forced) helps release endorphins and seratonin and lifts our mood - practiced while meditating, it's powerful!
Than you Deepak!

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