HeartMath Study Shows Human Hearts Connect Through Earth’s Magnetic Field
The human heart has always been seen as a seat of consciousness and connection. Now, a groundbreaking new study has definitively shown that our hearts are in communication with one and other, through our connection with the Earth’s magnetic field.
The HeartMath Institute is a world-renowned research organization whose goal is to help people to reconnect to their hearts. At the core of their work is the understanding that emotions affect the physiological activity in our bodies and by self-regulating we can be the drivers of that activity. When we can get the heart to work together with the brain, we can enter into a state of coherence or alignment that dramatically benefits our mental and physical health.
Dr. Rollin McCraty is the Director of Research at the HeartMath Institute and has been spearheading the investigation into the different kinds of coherence states.
Research Shows Gratitude Practices Lower Inflammation
Researchers have uncovered the potential of a daily gratitude practice to heal the body and mind.
While research in the field of positive psychology has shown the clear benefits of positive attributes such as compassion and empathy, new studies suggest that gratitude may have the biggest effect of all.
Dr. Paul Mills has been studying the effects of gratitude as a professor at the University of California San Diego and as Director of Research at the Chopra Foundation.
“The way I define gratitude is, it’s a way of seeing the world with a sense of heartfulness; a sense of embracing-ness; a sense of appreciation for all that is being experienced. Typically people differentiate gratitude from thankfulness — it’s a response in exchange for something. Gratitude really, at its foundation, it’s more of a dispositional set where we walk around with gratitude for everything that’s going, just really the gift of life.”
Over the last several years, scientific studies into the psychological and physiological benefits of gratitude have grown exponentially.
“I think one of the main reasons that research on gratitude has taken off more than other areas that we typically could call positive psychology, is because the findings, the significance, in all the studies is so high and impactful. So many of the studies that have been looking at gratitude find more and more significant effects related to health and wellbeing.”
Some of the more recent studies on gratitude have focused on the physiological benefits to the heart.