Emotions and feelings have a powerful impact on the human body. Negative emotional reactions mediate undesirable physiologic changes that can create or exacerbate a variety of health problems including heart disease, hypertension, headaches, stroke, depression and sleep disorders. Positive emotions on the other hand, such as appreciation, care, love and compassion, not only feel good, they are good for one's health.
A growing body of research is beginning to provide objective evidence that positive emotions may indeed be the key to optimal functioning, enhancing nearly all spheres of human experience. Positive emotions have been demonstrated to improve health, increase longevity, increase cognitive flexibility and creativity, facilitate broad-minded coping, innovative problem-solving, and promote helpfulness, generosity and effective cooperation.
This means the average person CAN control his or her own stress, IF they have the proper tools and guidance.
What's at the conference?
Treating stress is a major theme on Nov. 5, the opening day of the conference.
At 12:30 p.m., Bruce Wilson MD, of Memphis, will present a keynote address. ''A Change of Heart Changes Everything.''
In two sessions beginning at 1:45 p.m., Wilson joins Bruce Cryer MA, to present, ''Transforming Stress, Transforming Lives: The Impact on Employees and Patient Outcomes.''
Other sessions on Thursday offer related information on the theme ''Transforming Aging with Heart, Passion and Purpose.'' The sessions were put together by the AHMA in collaboration with the Integrated Therapies Committee of MetroHealth Hospital and Western Reserve Geriatric Education Cent
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