Stay Balanced Emotionally, Feel Healthier Instantly—What Ancient Chinese Doctors Say

February 19, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Do you know you can stay healthy just by managing your emotions? The mind and body are interlinked, according to Chinese medicine. Excessive swings in emotion will disrupt one’s qi (vital energy) circulation in the body, and is often the prelude to the onset of illnesses.

Chinese medicine recognizes seven emotions and their impact on the human body. Joy connects with the heart, anger with the liver, worry and grief with the lungs, pensiveness with the spleen, and panic and fear with the kidneys.

Here’s how your seven emotions can affect you if left unchecked. Learn to temper them, remain emotionally balanced, and get healthier today!



Be careful not to let your happiness hurt your heart. (Laughter via Shutterstock)

Yes, there can be too much of a good thing.

Joy is a source of positive stress, but it’s stress nonetheless. Excessive happiness causes qi to flow irregularly to one’s heart, leading to anxiety, palpitations, and insomnia.

How to tell if you’re getting a little too happy for your own good? Watch out for the almost involuntary desire to break out in laughter and meander aimlessly.

Quick Tip: No, you should not therefore be a stoic. Just be a tiny bit reserved in your celebrations and expressions of happiness, and you should be fine.