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Emotions, Hypothalamus, and Health

Our mind is constantly churning out different thoughts all the while, during waking and sleeping state too. Every thought is invariably accompanied by an emotion.

For the last few months, I have been pondering on the what , how and why of ‘Emotions’.

Emotions like fear, anger, guilt, envy, doubt, and greed are negative emotions, whereas happiness, affection, love, gratitude, confidence, contentment, peace,compassion are some of the positive emotions. Positive emotions are what nature intended us to have.

Here is what I learned from all the research that I had been doing.

The creator has created humans full of love. However, as we grow up ,due to different factors, love gets distorted.

We get carried away by these distorted and unnatural emotions.

Our body consists of 5 sense organs, different internal organs ,bones, muscle ,endocrine glands , arteries, nerves and skin. All the diseases that a human experiences are in these body parts. All modern healing methods concentrate on healing these body parts .

Now ,let’s see where the mind and the thoughts reside. It is usually assumed that thoughts are generated by the brain. This is not so, the mind exists all around the body and the brain is like a receiver, like a radio that tunes into the various frequencies. The brain processes these thoughts and sends instructions to various parts of the body. The brain takes inputs from the 5 sense organs and all the nerves running throughout the body.

Now, let’s see what is inside the brain. The brain consists of neurons, which are the main cells responsible for processing the inputs from the mind and the nervous system.

The brain also houses some of the most important glands like hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal glands. Of these, the hypothalamus is supposed to be the queen of the glands. These glands produce ‘feel good hormones’ or ‘happy hormones’. Hormones are actually certain types of chemicals. There are other glands in other parts of the body, like thyroid, adrenaline, pancreas, etc, which control various body functions. These glands are called endocrine glands.

We come across many posts on social media and other sources about how exercise, spending time in nature, laughing , meditation, etc, help in reducing stress, thereby increasing the secretion of these happy hormones.

However, not many are aware that our thoughts have an effect on the secretion of these hormones.

Every thought, along with its emotion, is received by the hypothalamus, which checks if the emotion is positive or negative. Hypothalamus produces dopamine, which is a ‘feel good hormone’. Depending on the type of emotion, the hypothalamus instructs the pituitary gland to produce other hormones. The Pituitary gland also controls other endocrine glands. The pineal gland produces serotonin hormone, which helps in controlling our mood and sleep patterns.

Positive thoughts and emotions are followed by the release of positive hormones like serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. Negative emotions lead to stress due to which a hormone called Cortisol is released by the Adrenalin gland. Cortisol increases blood pressure and sugar levels in the body. High amounts of Cortisol in the body also affects the immune system in the body.

The creator has ensured that all the hormones are in balance as long as one has positive thoughts.

Now that we know how important it is to take care of what we are thinking, let’s observe our thoughts and manage them in such a way that we always have positive thoughts.

For the sake of our health , let’s get rid of anger, frustration, greed, envy, fear , doubts etc and be more grateful, compassionate, forgiving , affectionate and full of joy. We dont want our body to suffer because of our wrong thoughts.

That’s the whole connection between our thoughts/emotions and the Hypothalamus which in turn is crucial to our welbeing.

Let’s accept people , forgive others, forgive ourselves, ask for forgiveness, share whatever is possible, see the good in others , ignore the faults of others , enjoy the little pleasures in life, do not compare with others , bless everyone so as to be at peace and help our Hypothalamus to be happy and healthy so as to secrete more happy hormones 🙂

Continue your exercise regimen, diet, spend time in nature , laugh, and meditate, too.

Think the right way and heal yourself !