5 Ways Health and Happiness Work Together
You’ve seen it and witnessed it at least once in your lifetime how health and happiness work together. Its beautiful and its intrinsic and has the ability produce lifelong benefits. Our happiness is truly a driving force in the quality of life we have. There are health benefits to happiness.
Although, happiness has positive effects on our health, it doesn’t mean that we’ll be completely free from all ailments or stress. It simply means that if we are looking at what health is, we do ourselves a disservice by not seeing it holistically and how happiness plays a huge role as a connected force. Here are 5 Ways Health and Happiness Work Together in your life.
1) Happiness is Good For The Heart
Our heart not only performs the bodily functions but also ensures our emotional state. Hence, any problem or discomfort we have in our emotions, it directly affects our heart both positivity and negatively. If we are happy, our heart naturally works better. A person who remains sad naturally has a lower heart rate as well as higher blood pressure. Just think about it for a second further. Have you ever heard stories of people dying of a broken heart? Couples who’ve lost a partner also dying because they’re heart couldn’t take it both naturally and emotionally? I have.
In research, people who’ve stated themselves as happy were at a lesser risk of a coronary heart ailment. On the other hand, people who seemed depressed had an unhealthy blood pumping pattern. Which provides further evidence that happiness is and health are connected. In fact, people who remain happy are at a 22% lesser risk of heart disease according to Web MD.
2) Happiness Increases Immunity
The person who constantly complains is typically the person who remains sick and depressed a greater amount of time. Inversely, the one who tends to remain cheerful has not only an improved mental state, but better physical health as well.
In one study, 350 adults were exposed to the common cold. The researchers further analyzed their mental states by calling them twice into the clinic. It was discovered that the people with happier personalities were less affected by the exposure. On the other hand, the people who had a negative mental state suffered through the severe cold and cough symptoms along with discomfort and pain.
You can also think about this in reverse. How does our immunity(health) reflect upon our happiness.? A big part of our happiness lies within the health of our bodies as well. When we are sick - we can't think straight, we're sluggish, not operating at full capacity and not only that but being sick is a major mood killer, right? Have you ever met someone that is really snappy when they're sick? The cat can't walk right, the quiet kid is too loud and someone smiling just might perturb them. It's kind of funny, but it shows the inverse relationship of health and happiness and how bad health can be a bearing on our happiness.
3) Happiness Lowers Stress
Figure out that one thing that you love to do that brings you joy because when stressful situations in life arise this can be the one thing to carry you through it. Women who are happy naturally go through stressful situations with a little bit better ease.
The ones who remain cheerful take the worst circumstances sportingly and quickly get over the stress surrounding it. Such people are able to pacify themselves and regain their normal mental state. A normal mental state is directly associated with sharper brain, better heart and balanced blood pressure.
4) Happy People Live Longer Lives
Did you know that happiness is the biggest indicator of longevity? The life expectancy of happy individuals is higher than those who aren’t. Researchers have found incidences where people with happy mental states combat a series of problems and live longer than those who did not. The positive feelings of happiness, gratitude, and commitment allow people to have a zest for life. These people also make friends and have a better support system which helps with living longer lives.
5) Happiness Helps Combat Pain and Aches
300 Women who were happy with their lives seen minimal arthritis pain levels than the ones who were disheartened and sad. A positive emotion works as a healing balm for the body. It mitigates aches and stimulates recovery. The role-play of positive mental state has a great impact on chronic pain and health.
I can go a little further and talk about the endorphins released during sex and how they help with pain. These are the same endorphins that you release when you are happy, but this blog isn't about that so...moving on.
The last thing I’d like to discuss is…
What Makes Us Happy?
Happiness is definitely a subjective phenomenon. There are no set parameters for the attainment of happiness and health. You may feel happy after munching chocolate, while your friend. You might feel happy after watching a movie along with a bowl of popcorn and wine like Olivia Pope. Different people have different definitions of happiness. The best thing you can do is to find it within yourself and stimulate it as much as possible with thoughts of gratitude, appreciate and love. Life is too short to remain trapped behind invisible bars that suck the life out of us.
Gratitude Challenge Coming Soon…