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The Heart Affects How We Engage at Work

February 6, 2019 Joe Mechlinski

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Here are a couple more surprising facts about how the heart works with us to sense and feel and think. 

The heart breaks. Even the healthiest of individuals can experience a broken heart. Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is the body’s reaction to stressful moments most often linked to our relationships, but that can also be tied to unhappiness in the workplace. 

The death of a loved one, a breakup, physical separation, betrayal—many of us have, or will, experience some kind of heartbreak in our lifetime. 

The brain in the heart detects the surge of stress hormones and responds to these heart wrenching moments with ache—physical and emotional—but in most cases promises to heal with time. 

The heart craves connection and engagement, and when that connection is diminished or broken, our body responds.

The heart hears. A great song plays on the radio, and we feel it in our hearts. 

A musical theorist can explain why certain notes played together can sound particularly pleasing, but we feel the greatness in our hearts, not in our heads. It’s our hearts that beat faster when the song is recognized by our ears.

It's the same at work. When we're engaged at work, we feel it in our hearts. The connection is almost palpable, like a favorite song inciting feelings of calm or memories of happier times. 

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