Why do you cry when you're sad, blush when you're embarrassed or feel broken after a breakup? Learn how your body is programmed to react to your emotions.
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Dr. Ian K. Smith, author of the book Happy, delves into the science of a cheerful mood. "Everyone has a right to be happy," he says. "What can we actually do to change our happiness? I learned there are a lot of things you can do, actually, to boost your happiness for months at a time.
"Some people say, 'Happy, oh, it's like this big fluffy topic,'" he adds. "But really, happiness does have physical effects on your body, and so does negativity."
Broken Heart Syndrome
If you've experienced a painful breakup, there is a medical explanation for your broken heart.
"This may sound silly, but the truth of the matter is there really is something about a broken heart," Dr. Smith says. "The heart mimics a heart attack when you have broken heart syndrome. You have muscle weakness, and therefore, the heart does not contract as well, and it can lead to all kinds of problems, including congestive heart failure."
Dr. Smith assures that broken heart syndrome can be reversed quickly. Exercise, such as yoga, can help reverse the effects, because it releases endorphins, which are mood-enhancing chemicals.
Ask the Vet
Veterinary surgeon Dr. Alan Schulman shares his advice for keeping your pets happy and healthy.
Do you have a question about your pets? Ask the vet!