MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEING HAPPY
There's some research to suggest that people who have a more positive outlook are less likely to get sick after being exposed to flu and cold viruses. And, a recent study suggested that getting a hug from a loved one can also fight off viruses such as the common cold. While that one is hard to believe, why not try it?
Those who rate higher on certain positive personality traits have lower rates of certain illnesses. For instance, one study found that people who were more agreeable, extraverted, open, and conscientious all had lower risks of developing illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. The researchers found that conscientiousness in particular could have a protective effect against health problems. -25-
Poor Health Can Make Us Miserable – Happiness is not the elixir to long life – and being unhappy won’t make you ill and cause an early death. A major study of one million women found no evidence to support the myth that being glum hurts your health. But life-threatening poor health can make us miserable, which explains why unhappiness is associated with death. Current caregivers would be well advised to avoid being unhappy, and work to try to keep your loved one patient from being unhappy. So it makes a lot of sense to try to be happy and avoid being miserable. Think back to when you were happy and when you were unhappy. Which was best? -24
Happiness Is Good For Your Health – Recently, a critical mass of research has provided what might be the most basic and irrefutable argument in favor of happiness: Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Indeed, scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer.
Kira M. Neuman, writing for the Greater Good website identified six ways that happiness is good for your health.
Happiness Protects Your Heart – Love and happiness may not actually originate in the heart, but they are good for it.
Happiness Strengthens Your Immune System - Research is now finding a link between happiness and a stronger immune system.
Happiness Combats Stress - Stress is not only upsetting on a psychological level but also triggers biological changes in our hormones and blood pressure. Happiness seems to temper these effects, or at least help us recover more quickly.
Happy People Have Fewer Aches and Pains - People who reported the highest levels of positive emotion at the beginning actually became healthier over the course of the study, and ended up healthier than their unhappy counterparts.
Happiness Combats Disease and Disability - In a 2008 study of nearly 10,000 Australians, participants who reported being happy and satisfied with life most or all of the time were about 1.5 times less likely to have long-term health conditions (like chronic pain and serious vision problems) two years later.
Happiness Lengthens Our Lives - A 2010 study followed almost 7,000 people from California’s Alameda County for nearly three decades, finding that the people who were more satisfied with life at the beginning were less likely to die during the course of the study. (26)
Final Thoughts - It is safe to conclude that life and relationships are better if we are happy. Happiness ought to be everyone's objective. Happiness ought to be on our minds if we want to be healthier. If happiness has that much effect, why are we so willing to accept unhappiness. We don't have to! Do at least one thing every day that makes you happier and receive the bonus of being healthier.