When Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) begins twitching at the mention of Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Shot in the Dark 1964), his body language tells you whats going on with his emotions (rage, anger, fear), even as he declares hes just fine and nothing is going to upset him.
True, there are times when youre aware that youre emotionally upset and know that its making you feel bad physically. But sometimes its hard to admit whats going on in your head. For instance, today you may be sick to your stomach and decide youre too ill to go to work. You miss that your symptoms are a result of an office quarrel.
Your body is tapping you on the shoulder and saying, Hey, if you pay attention to how your body is acting and why, youll know a little more about your emotional state of affairs. Acknowledging your emotions is a powerful way to relax and improve your mood and relationships, and reduce bodywide inflammation (a trigger for everything from dementia to heart attacks).
To help folks have a clearer understanding of their emotions, Finnish researchers recently mapped the relationship between physical sensations and emotions. They found that most people feel anger in the head, chest, arms and hands, and disgust always gets you in the gut. On the positive side, love is felt throughout your whole body, except the legs (guess youre not going anywhere).
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate Inc.