Being Happy - A cause for Bodily Cheer?

Enough has been said about the importance of being happy. More than the importance of being happy, it is the sheer act of being happy that makes most of us look to find happiness. Playing with a pet, reading a good book, eating a hearty meal, enjoying a good workout, going for a swim, taking a quiet walk, talking to a loved one; happiness means different things to different people. So, it does not matter what makes one happy, it is the act of being happy that one should focus on. Unless, of course, your happiness causes hurt to another being. Thinking about it, being happy and content with oneself and others can put most of us in a drastically better mood. But did you also know about the favour that you’re doing to yourself and your body by being happy? Here are some of the ways in which mental happiness causes bodily cheer.

1. Happiness helps your heart

Laughter and a sense of contentment can positively bring down your stress levels, lower blood pressure and encourage good flow of blood. Heart rate variability, which refers to the time interval between heartbeats, also significantly increases with a good system in place. Apart from these, not much is needed to convince one of the goodness that a good bout of laughter can do the heart, is there?

2. Happiness strengthens your immune system

There exists a strong and direct relation between happiness and a stronger immune system. A healthier mind puts most of us in a more able mental state, hence also paving the way for their physical and emotional well being.

3. Happiness helps combat stress

Stress is distressing not just on a psychological plane but can also trigger physiological change, and is known to increase blood pressure. Happiness seems to dampen these effects and set the path for a quicker recovery.

4. Happiness means lesser bodily aches and pains

A study asked participants to rate their recent experience of positive emotions, then how much they had experienced negative symptoms like a muscle strain, dizziness, and heartburn since the study began. It was then found that those in better mind frames had lesser bodily complaints, and were a better physical condition.

5. Happiness lets us live longer

In the end, the ultimate health indicator might be longevity—and here, especially, happiness comes into play. Happiness and a sense of contentment, as has been observed after medical research, does have a positive impact on people, and provides an extension of lifetime. However, this is not to be misunderstood that happiness definitely and directly implies an increase in longevity, which is dependent on many other factors.

All said and done, remember one thing. Never let that smile on your face fade away. And if it does fade away, find your way to bring it back! Because, ultimately, that’s all that should matter.

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