Pacific Beach and La Jolla have some the most awe-inspiring panoramic views in Southern California. That sense of awe we experience – be it nature, art or spirituality – may actually physically lower certain chemicals in the body that control inflammation. Awe can be defined as the emotional response to situations that transcend our usual frame of reference. The ever changing beauty and panoramic views, whether at the beach or from the heights of Mt. Soledad, can trigger this emotional response of awe. Research published in the Journal Emotion reveals that positive emotions can reduce inflammation by increasing the body’s naturally occurring chemicals, such as interleukin-6. So get awe-inspired! Take advantage of the views on the beach or from the mountains. That sense of awe, compassion, contentment and love can fill us with hope and joy, while naturally reducing inflammation.
Joseph Moore, MD. Pacific Urgent Care and Wellness Center.