A journey not a destination

Over the past decade, an entire genre of books, documentaries, and movies have sprouted up on the subject of happiness. Additionally, a massive amount of research has been conducted to provide solid evidence that happiness and good health go hand-in-hand together. Scientific studies are continually finding that happiness can boost your immune system, lower heart rate and blood pressure, help combat stress, and increase longevity.

Have you ever known someone who is constantly grumpy and also happens to get sick a lot? It is an unlikely coincidence since research indicates there is a positive relationship between happiness and a strong immune system. Happy people are simply healthier and less susceptible to sickness. They’re also more resilient to the effects of stress and suffer fewer aches and pains. The ultimate health indicator is life expectancy―not simply in terms of length, but quality of living. In the end, happiness adds more life to your years, as well as more years to your life. Be happy!

It is easy to think of happiness as a destination, but it is actually a way of living. Here are some scientifically proven ways to be happy:

  1. Exercise regularly – even brief moments of activity have profound effects on happiness and well-being.
  2. Eat a healthy diet – nutritious foods stabilize hormones and metabolic functions that simply make you feel better.
  3. Get adequate sleep – 7-9 hours a day, including naps, will help you be more resilient to negative emotions and stress.
  4. Connect with people you care about – social time improves happiness levels, even for introverts.
  5. Take walks in nature – fresh air and sunshine do wonders for your disposition.
  6. Smile more – it improves your mood, lowers pain, and helps you think positively.

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