The physiological representation of feelings in the body is hormones. Every feeling has a hormonal mirror. Feelings affect our bodies as much as bad food and toxicity. Prolonged stress has a debilitating effect on the Body/Brain. But intermittent bursts of stressful activities—for either the body or the psyche—have the opposite effect; they stimulate the Body/Brain to go into repair mode.
We now know that how one perceives, processes, and conceptualizes the nature of a stress experience can be modified. Change your experience, and you kick stress to the sidewalk. There is a solid body of evidence on the effects of our mindset on stress: how we think and feel about stressful events affects whether stress harms us or helps us. Our mindset is a filter that you see everything through, and this filter transcends preferences, learned facts, or intellectual opinions. Your mindset is comprised of your thoughts and feelings, and your emotional/cognitive integration of those, culminating in a belief/attitude/confident conviction that goes beyond both thought and feeling. Several studies document that how your mindset for aging can determine how long you live. A positive attitude about aging extends life by eight years. Positive beliefs about the advantages of aging reduce heart attacks by 80%, as well as speeding up recovery from heart attacks, illnesses or accidents.