Sharing articles on Why Happiness Is Healthy
“A review of more than 200 studies found that positive psychological well-being is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, as well as lower blood pressure, normal body weight, and healthier blood fat profiles. Also, among those 60 and over, feelings of happiness and enjoyment were associated with improved mobility and a lower risk of developing a disability over an eight-year period.
It’s even been scientifically shown that happiness can alter your genes! A team of researchers at UCLA showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses. This falls into the realm of epigenetics —changing the way your genes function by turning them off and on.
In addition, it appears people who are happy are less impacted by everyday stressors, and this ability to deflect stress is responsible for many of the gains to their health.
Past research has found that positive emotions –including being happy, lively, and calm — appear to play a role in immune function. One study found that when happy people are exposed to cold and flu viruses, they’re less likely to get sick and, if they do, exhibit fewer symptoms.
The association held true regardless of the participants’ levels of self-esteem, purpose, extra-version, age, education, body mass, or pre-study immunity to the virus, leading the lead researcher to say:
“We need to take more seriously the possibility that positive emotional style is a major player in disease risk.”
Happiness is a choice! Lets make that “CHOICE” today; it will not only rub off onto other but literally rub off on your DNA!!
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