Monday, December 08, 2014

#106 of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life; Try bringing a little affection into your life.

"Bring Color to the World" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
This morning, while doing my morning pages, I was watching Kory Floyd give a lecture at Stanford (on YouTube).  He was talking about the health benefits of affection or the Importance of Being Prosocial.  It was a fascinating talk that you can see for yourself here.  The gist of it was that basically prosocial behaior, specifically expressing affection has an effect on our health and well being.  His research was for the most part correlational, so we can’t conclude that being affectionate is the only possible cause in these outcomes, however people who score high on expressing affection also scored high in the following areas.

1.  We tend to be happier and have higher self-esteem.
2.  We tend to experience less susceptibility to depression.
3.  We tend to have lower average blood sugar and lower resting blood pressure.
4.  We tend to be more comfortable with closeness and less fearful of intimacy.
5.  We tend to have healthier 24-hour cortisol rhythms (which aid the stress response).
6.  We are less likely to experience loneliness and social isolation.
7.  We have a more positive body image.
8.  We are more likely to be in romantic relationships (and are more satisfied in those relationships).
9.  We have more effective natural killer cells in their immune systems.
10.  We recover more quickly from stressful experiences.

So #106 way to have a happy artist's life is to express your affection when ever you can.  For more Kory Floyd, see his website here.

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