Researchers have been studying the effects of the heart's activity on the brain's function for about forty years. Early research tended to focus on the impact of the heart's action over only a few beats, but now science is beginning to look at more extended periods of time and how patterns of heart activity can affect cognitive functioning. The heart has long been a symbol of the experiential learning community, as well as being important in the psychological city, as it represents the breadth and depth of human emotion and just what individuals can be capable of when they focus on using their internal love and compassion to reach out to the world around them.
Different patterns of activity in the heart that go along with various emotional states tend to have very distinctive effects on both emotional and cognitive functions in the brain. When something disrupts these patterns, such as during highly stressful or negative experiences, the pattern of signals that are traveling between the heart and the mind can disturb the higher levels of cognitive function. Reasoning, learning, memory, and even decision making skills can all be affected by the heart's rhythms at these crucial times. These facts may help us to understand the reasons that impulsive or unwise behavior may occur when we are under emotional stress.
Alternatively, when the heart is experiencing a positive emotional state, such as when one is calm and well rested, the input that it sends to the brain can help enhance feelings of positive energy and overall emotional stability. For this reason, learning to maintain a calm, measured heartbeat and an overall physical state of calm will help one to not only feel better, but can also dramatically affect the way a person thinks, feels, and makes decisions as they go about their day.
Human Emotion and Heart Rhythm
There are a wide variety of patterns that can affect the heart patterns, including but not limited to breathing habits, physical exercise, and even thought patterns. Emotions like anxiety, frustration, fear, and general anxiety can cause the heart to produce strange or odd rhythm patterns. These patterns can then alter the cognitive behavior of the brain, leading to issues with the way that the brain processes emotion and thoughts. The best emotions that we experience feel good to us because they help our body's systems to all work together and function at their best. This new research is known as Heart Math, and it’s a fascinating new way to keep an eye on how the heart affects all of the body’s functions.
Achieve the Best Possible Function
To achieve the best possible function, you should work to synchronize all of your body's physical systems. Slow, measured breathing and working to maintain a state of calm will help your brainwaves to be smoother and calmer. Being calm will, in turn, create better cognitive function. The cycle will replicate and overall you'll continue to feel more balanced and focused on all of your body’s systems align.
When it’s time to organize your thoughts and get your mind into a state of calm, it may be time to work on utilizing the time-tested happiness skills that Doc Childre has been researching. These techniques can help you to feel less stressed and more functional in a reasonably short period and are a great way to contribute to your overall happiness.
Doc Childre and other talented individuals will be presenting at The World Happiness Festival this year, where you can learn skills that will dramatically affect the way that you think, feel, and see the world -- skills that will last a lifetime.