Happy Is Healthy

Happiness – you know it when you see it, but how do you define it? Everyone has their own definition of happiness, but whatever it means to you, we want it.

We don’t always have control over our happiness – truth is, genetics actually plays a big role in our subjective well-being, so some of us may start our lives with a disadvantage. Aside from genetics, tragedies, stress, and environmental factors can effect your levels of happiness.
Being able to manage your emotions despite the incident, is important for your physical and mental health. It is not necessarily whether you are happy or sad that affects your physical health, but the ability to regulate your emotions and have a sense of purpose.

This information is not hard evidence of cause and effect, but some researchers believe that positive mental states indeed directly effect your body.

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that those who are 60 and older who enjoyed life less were more likely to develop a disability over an 8-year period. Mobility was also shown to be related to the enjoyment of life – note this study does not prove that physical problems are caused by less enjoyment of life, but does suggest a relationship.

Even if genetics plays a large role in, that doesn’t mean anyone is biologically ‘stuck’ being unhappy, and the environment still plays an important role for psychological well-being, too.

So what can you do right now to feel more positive? Try mindfulness techniques – be present and in the moment, and observe your surroundings in a nonjudgmental way. Try different activities that bring you pleasure, that allow your mind to free itself.