Now, there’s another reason to tell her why it’s not worth getting upset or angry with you. Positive emotions – according to a new UC Berkeley research – are associated with bolstering the body’s defences against physical and mental illnesses. If she’s mad at you for reasons unknown (we get you), ask her to calm down. It’s for her own good. Either take her to the park, the art museum, or even Fort Canning.
The study reveals how when we are touched by the beauty of nature, art and spirituality (positive emotions at work), we are in awe. In turn, lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines are produced. These are proteins that cause the immune system to work harder, and having too much of them results in poorer health – including clinical depression and even Alzheimer’s disease. In a nutshell, marvelling at something or somewhere breathtaking can boost your immune system.
“That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy,” said UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, a co-author of the study.
Of course, whoever heard of a woman who’s in a bad mood and wants sex?