How health happy are you?

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It’s happened to everyone: you walk down a beach enjoying the breeze from the sea, and a huge wave approaches too close to shore and hits you, soaking your shoes and socks. You instantly look around and either a) be completely embarrassed, and furious about having to deal with a wet pair of socks now, or b) have a good laugh at yourself, take your pair of shoes off and resume enjoying your stroll.
The world seems to be divided between two types of people — those who find it easy to laugh at themselves, and those who take themselves a little too seriously. And for those with the ability to have a good laugh, can then enjoy the health benefits that come alongside.
Ways happiness is linked to health
1.      It is good for your heart
According to a 2009 study by University of Maryland Medical Center, people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh in a variety of situations compared to normal people at the same age. Being humorous and sharing a good laugh not only brings you joy to your heart, but also better health.
2.      Natural Pain Relief
There are many studies related to happiness being a way of pain relief. Study showed that during Laughter, endorphins which are pain relieving chemicals are released. Also, another study from 2005 suggests that being cheerful and positive mitigates the pain of diseases.
3.      Strengthen immune system
A Study in 2003 with 350 adults volunteering to be exposed to common cold discovered that the happier you are the less likely it is to catch a cold. It shows that the immune system of a person goes up and down depending on how happy you are feeling.
 
Key attributes to happier, healthier life
Research suggests that certain personal attributes help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:
Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement
Positive mind-set: General optimism towards life.
Strong relationships: Supportive, caring family and friends that will back you up
Making the right decisions: Leading a well-regulated life by choosing the right behaviors like eating well, exercising regularly is the way of life.
Be happy. Be healthy.
 

Author: Anndy Lian
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-health-happy-you-anndy-lian/

 
 

References

  1. Image Credit: Pixabay
  2. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_ways_happiness_is_good_for_your_health
  3. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/happiness-stress-heart-disease/
  4. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-science-good-health-favors-those-who-can-laugh-themselves-ncna781256

 
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. All information is intended only to help you cooperate with your doctor, in your efforts toward desirable weight levels and health. Only your doctor can determine what is right for you.You should always do what is right for your own personal life.)

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