Feeling Awe May Be Good for Our Health

Negative emotions have been linked to poor health outcomes, such as heart disease and even a shorter life span. Research suggests inflammation may be responsible for this link, at least in part. The molecules involved in inflammation are essential for our body's response to infection and injury, but high levels over the long term have been linked to everything from diabetes to depression. Joy, contentment, pride and awe were all associated with lower inflammation levels, but awe was the only emotion that significantly predicted levels using a strict statistical test.

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