Health Benefits of Being Happy.
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Being happy can help to:-
Lower your heart rate and blood pressure, thereby reducing your risk of heart disease.
Reduce your risk of suffering a stroke. A study of older people who reported higher positive well-bein showed they had a reduced likelihood of having a stroke by 26%.
Boost your immune system. One study showed that those who rated themselves the happiest had high levels of antibodies.
Help with pain. Those who reported higher rates of experiencing positive feelings said they had fewer increases in pain.
Enable you to live longer. Studies have shown that participants who were rated the least happy had a 14% higher chance of death than their happier counterparts.
Reduce your stress. Many studies have shown that happy individuals have consistently lower cortisol levels (stress hormone) in their blood.
Promote a healthy lifestyle. A study of 7,000 adults found that those with a positive well-being were 47% more likely to eat fruit and vegetables and be more physically active than their less positive counterparts.
7 Scientifically Proven Tips To Be Happy.
‘Happiness is a broad term that describes the experience of positive emotions such as joy, contentment and satisfaction.’ Daisy Coyle (2017).
- Express gratitude.
- Get active.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Spend time outside.
- Eat a healthier diet.
- Be kind to others.
What Happiness Means to Me.
Looking at the above list, I’m pleased to note that most of them apply to me. I do express gratitude. I find if something goes wrong for me, it helps me to be grateful that it wasn’t worse and therefore l cope with it better.
As a lot of you know, I’m a keen runner and go to the gym. Running helps my mental health and I’m at my happiest when I’m outside.
I promote healthy eating but I still enjoy eating sweet things in moderation.
I’ve recently started listening to guided meditations and they do help to relax me.
However, I’m not a great sleeper but this doesn’t stop me from being happy; I’m just tired at times.
I value spending time with loved ones and enjoy my own company.
I love coming home and being welcomed by my cats. They do put a smile on my face!
Happiness also means having the freedom to choose how I lead my life. Also, to have a purpose. Writing this blog is helping me to achieve this and it’s gratifying if others say that my work is giving them food for thought and even better, if it’s helping them. I try to be kind because I believe that the world can be a very cruel and harsh place. But kindness is a light in our world. We need to keep it on.
What Happiness Is To Other Bloggers.
About a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, I asked if other bloggers would be interested in writing for my blog on what happiness means to them. I’m blown away by their responses.
‘When it comes to my happiness, it can be difficult to find as my depression is always with me. However, talking nonsense with my partner can make me happy, as can watching anime. Listening to and watching the music videos for Eskimo Callboy, as well as enjoying some standup comedy are other great ways that can return my happiness. But the best way I can feel happiness is to know I’m helping people with my work.‘
‘What happiness means to me:
It’s being able to do work I find meaningful, having the opportunity to express my creativity, doing things to help others without expecting anything in return and it’s about being able to provide for my family, giving them unforgettable experiences and unconditional love.‘
James from Perfect Manifesto
‘When I think about what makes me happy, the first word that comes to mind is family, but that’s not the right answer. To really answer the question, I need to differentiate happiness from joy. My family is a source of long-lasting joy in my life. Happiness, on the other hand, is a temporary emotion felt at a point in time.
So, what makes me happy? Singing! When I sing with my bandmates, I am fully immersed in what I am doing and the day-to-day stresses of life just melt away. It is what psychologists call FLOW: an experience that captures our complete attention and provides a temporary reprieve from the routines of everyday life. That’s why I’m happiest when I’m singing.’
Michelle from Boomer Eco Crusader
‘The sights, the sounds, and the smell of the ocean have a calming effect on me that always make me feel blissfully happy. There are a number of little things that can make me fleetingly happy–a delicious piece of chocolate, a funny joke, a kind word–but the ocean makes me feel that next level of happiness with a layer of joy, contentment, and peace. I believe this is because I grew up on the ocean and it has a sentimental value, but I also believe it is because nature is good for the soul.’
Alison at Sustainably Simple Life
‘I believe we create our happiness by paying attention to our soul’s deepest urges. My biggest source of happiness is the sense of being free to be who I am, embrace it, and pursue life according to my ideals. I might own very little, but if I have this, I’m happy.’
Vanessa from the wellbeing blogger
‘Since living with chronic illness and pain, it’s the small things that count for me. It sounds cliche and sickly sweet, but I’ve become more aware of the simple joys, like snuggling up with a good book and a cuppa tea. Looking for these small moments also helps me to pace and break up my day with things that I can take some comfort in. Chocolate, getting sucked into a crime thriller novel, watching my cat do self-cleaning acrobatics, listening to the birds have rap battles in the garden, seeing my mum laugh, watching the flowers start to bloom as spring arrives, keeping in touch with online friends. It’s not always easy to see the brighter moments in life when times are difficult, but I think these small joys will always be hidden just below the surface, simply waiting for us to find them.‘
Caz from invisibly me.
Many thanks to these lovely bloggers for their thought-provoking responses. Why not check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed.
Feel free to tell me what makes you happy in the comments box.
Sources: positivepsychology.com, healthline.com,