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05/27/2016 01:14 pm ET Updated May 28, 2017

If Your Heart Thinks You're Happy

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I recently heard Gregg Braden speak and he said some truly interesting things. He spoke about a discovery made in 1991 where 40,000 neurons were found in the heart. They called it the heart brain.

From what I understand, the heart brain sends messages to the head brain with regards to what hormones to release. So if you feel guilt, shame, fear or anger in your heart, it will direct your brain to release chemicals that are not good for your body over long periods. If you feel peace, love, joy, hope and happiness, it will direct your brain to release chemicals that are good for your body, especially when it comes to healing.

Gregg also explained through time-lapse photography, that it takes three days for two neurons to attach and create a connection. So you need to foster that bridge between your heart and good emotions for at least three days for a connection to appear.

He mentioned that in western society, when someone makes a mistake we often ostracize them or punish them. Whereas in some indigenous societies, when someone does something wrong the entire village meets in the center of town and puts the 'wrong-doer' in the middle of the group. Then for three days, they shout at the person, telling them all the good things about them. All the good things. How appropriate that the science I previously mentioned talks about heart brain neural connections taking three days to form. Three days to realize that you are enough. That you are extraordinary.

This idea really got me thinking. About how your emotions affect your well-being. How you become what you believe.

And it gives a whole new meaning to Helen Keller saying, "The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

So focus your mind on the brain in your heart. Tell it good things about yourself. Create those invaluable connections. And as Confucius once said, "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."