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The Appreciative Heart: The Psychophysiology of Positive Emotions and Optimal Functioning

Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., and Doc Childre

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This monograph is an overview of the HeartMath Institue’s research on the physiological correlates of positive emotions and the science underlying two core HeartMath techniques which supports Heart-Based Living.

The heart’s connection with love and other positive emotions has survived throughout millennia and across many diverse cultures. New empirical research is providing scientific validation for this age-old association. This 21-page monograph offers a comprehensive understanding of the HeartMath Institute’s cutting-edge research exploring the heart’s central role in emotional experience.

Described in detail is physiological coherence, a distinct mode of physiological functioning, which is generated during sustained positive emotions and linked with beneficial health and performance-related outcomes. The monograph also provides steps and applications of two HeartMath techniques, Freeze-Frame® and Heart Lock-In®, which engage the heart to help transform stress and produce sustained states of coherence. Data from outcome studies are presented, which suggest that these techniques facilitate a beneficial repatterning process at the mental, emotional and physiological levels.