Jason Wachob

How Positive Relationships Can Strengthen Your Immune System

By , June 8, 2023

Excerpted from The Joy of Well-Being: A Practical Guide to a Happy, Healthy, and Long Life   Our stress response system is intimately connected to our immune system. Think about it—you’re in a forest and you stumble on a mountain lion. Your body is not only preparing to fight or run, it’s (wisely) preparing to get hurt. A series of cascading hormonal reactions occur, one of which sends signals to the immune system to ramp up the kind of inflammatory processes that will help heal wounds. Interestingly, our stress response also downshifts the production of immune cells that guard against…

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