The Effects of Negativity
You may be aware of how negativity negatively impacts your emotions and mental health. But have you ever considered what it does to your physical well-being?
Here’s some proof from MindBodyGreen:
Researchers in San Diego examined the death records of almost 30,000 Chinese-Americans and compared them to over 400,000 randomly selected white people. What they found was that Chinese-Americans, but not whites, die significantly earlier than normal (by as much as five years) if they have a combination of disease and birth year which Chinese astrology and Chinese medicine consider ill-fated.
The researchers found that the more strongly the Chinese-Americans attached to traditional Chinese superstitions, the earlier they died. When they examined the data, they concluded that the reduction in life expectancy could not be explained by genetic factors, the lifestyle choices or behavior of the patients, the skill of the doctors, or any other variable.
The researchers concluded that they died younger not because they have Chinese genes, but because they have Chinese beliefs. They believe they will die younger because the stars have hexed them. And their negative beliefs manifested as a shorter life span.
The big question, then, is “How?”
5. Negativity Causes Stress
This is probably the most important item on the list. The negative effects of stress on our bodies is extensively researched, with studies showing how it can actually make our bodies deteriorate faster and more thoroughly.
Granted, some stress is to be expected and even recommended for us, but negativity makes common levels of stress excessive, leading to potential health problems.
4. Negativity Drains You
Have you ever had a day when you just couldn’t get out of bed in the morning? Most of the time, this is caused by our bodies being physically tired, but there are mental causes of this as well.
Our bodies are telling us not to get up, which is mental communication. Negativity in turn is the repeated messaging of your body telling you to stay down, preventing you from feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
3. Negativity Makes You Vulnerable
And not emotionally. No, it can actually make your more likely to contract diseases, as the wear on your immune system is a common side effect of excessive negativity.
2. Negativity Harms Your Respiratory System
Yes, even breathing can be harshly affected by negative emotions, which can lead to shallow breathing and more fatigue.
1. Negativity Harms Your Heart
Many cardiac diseases can come about both through stress and negativity. This is because negativity breeds hostile attitudes that raise blood pressure and damage your bodies circulation, and your heart suffers for it.
Think of it this way: if you tell your body that you are angry, it will react angrily as well.