With hope and constructive thoughts as tools, focusing more on positive emotions and less on negative ones, we can have a restorative effect on our immune systems, our endocrine systems, our central nervous systems and the healing chemicals that outsource from there.
Psychoendoneuroimmunology is a vast arena, as big as the name suggests. I've only touched on a few points and oversimplified in the process. But this is an intriguing field, full of surprises and discovery, and worth revisiting in future articles.
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1678 Psychoneuroimmunology: Bi-directional Interactions Between the Brain and the Nervous System
http://www.mcmaster.ca/inabis98/anisman/yirmiya0194/two.html#introduction Illness, Cytokines, and Depression
http://www.wellness.org.za/html/pni.html The Wellness Support Programme
http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/cgi/content/full/64/5/847 Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine
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