How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly thereafter. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses,…

Happy Thoughts Lead to a Healthy Heart

There is a strong link between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, people with the highest levels of optimism have twice the likelihood of having ideal heart health compared to their more pessimistic peers. Research has shown that individuals who are the most…

Psychoneuroimmun…what?

My definition of psychoneuroimmunology is “how stress and sadness make you sick”. Technically, the formal definition is, “a branch of medicine that deals with the influence of emotional states (as stress) and nervous system activities on immune function in relation to the onset and progression of disease.” We now know that the immune system communicates…

Defining Wellness

Many people have tried to pinpoint what exactly wellness consists of, but there is no single definition. Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, developed the Six Dimensions of Wellness model. This is an expansive description and includes six components, copied directly from nationalwellness.org below: How a person contributes to their environment and…