Holidays extend life and improve the immune system

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Elia Tabuenca García
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A vacation extends your life. Who wouldn't want to go on a nice trip right away, right now? Now you have more motivation to go in search of your next destination. Holidays extend life and improve the immune system.

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A holiday prolongs life. Who wouldn't want to go on a nice trip right away, right now? Now you have more motivation to go in search of your next destination. The holidays lengthen the life e improve the immune defenses.

What are the beneficial aspects of holidays? It is not just a matter of putting aside work and daily commitments for a shorter or longer period, of relaxing and relieving stress, but also of the possibility of be amazed in front of a landscape never seen before.

So, then, admiring a sunset or sunrise over the sea, seeing the Grand Canyon or a breathtaking landscape for the first time helps to improve the immune system thanks to the amazement.

We can abandon ourselves to beauty and amazement during a trip or vacation, thanks to contact with the nature identity, to the recovery of it spirituality or the possibility of listening to the music or to admire some artistic works. These beneficial experiences aid the functioning of the immune system by lowering the levels of cytokines, substances that signal the presence of inflammation.

Holidays e recreational activities - travel, art and music in particular - are a real one good for health. This was demonstrated by research conducted byUniversity of California di Berkeley, which points out that positive emotions have the power to reduce inflammatory levels.

One of the experiments conducted involved a group of 200 volunteers who shared their experiences and the emotions associated with them. Then the experts took a saliva sample from the oral mucosa and analyzed it. Who had lived more positive emotions, with particular reference to awe and wonder, presented lower levels of cytokines.



Second Dacher Keltner, psychologist and co-author of the study published in the journal Emotion, the experiment suggests that what we do to experience these emotions - such as walking in nature, getting lost in music and contemplating art - has a direct influence on health and life expectancy.



Marta Albè

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