Science Says Reminiscing Heals
Calling on good times in stressful moments is essential to your health, according to new research. Reminiscing as a natural treatment, can re-create feel-good memories that help you to change the channel on your bad mood and redirect your health.
Science says reminiscing can get you out of a bad mood, as well as reduce stress levels in the body naturally and effectively and by gosh, we should do more of it.
Think Happy Thoughts
When a feeling warms your heart, it lowers your stress levels too. Reminiscing on happy moments in the past has both physiological and psychological benefits, including boosting mood, increasing hope and even feeling warmer, and science backs this up.
Recalling happy times is healing according to a https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0093 paper published in Nature Human Behavior . Researchers conducted two studies looking at the physiological and psychological effects of reminiscing as a coping mechanism when you begin to feel stressed out. The process entailed stressing people out first, which as accomplished by sticking the participants hands in ice water while recording their reactions. Afterward, some volunteers had to spend 14 seconds recalling happy memories, while the rest thought of neutral ones.
Results showed the “happy-memory group” was in a better mood than the neutral group after the experiment. In fact, the uplift could even be observed physiologically since the happy group's cortisol levels rose 15 percent (on average) than the spike in the neutral group, even though both groups were exposed to the same stressful situation.
Stress Exacerbates Illness
Experimental and clinical evidence has shown that psychological factors can affect several types of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Altered mental and physical states, such as depression or stress, activate the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenals to release hormones, called catecholamines. which are capable of promoting tumor growth and progression, according to study published in the journal Nature Medicine.
Recalling on Happy Times For Healing Isn’t New
Norman Cousins – a former writer for the Saturday Evening Post and author of NY Times Best Seller Head First had an unusual quest: he searched for the proof that hope, faith, laughter, and the will to live are biochemical factors that can actually help combat serious disease.
Cousins credits healing himself from serious illness by keeping a very positive attitude. He did this in several ways – he only surrounded himself with positive people, including his physician with whom he built a relationship of trust, he watched/listened to comedic sitcoms and attended only happy engagements with friends and family. Later, Cousins could recall these times and reminisce to feel good all over again.
Keeping this cycle of positivity flowing was essential, according to Cousins, in healing his disease and became the catalyst for cancer centers and hospitals to adopt this ‘feel good’ method of healing throughout the world.