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6 ways in which happiness can improve your physical health

Updated on:17 May 2021, 09:20am IST
We already know that happiness has a positive effect on our mental health but turns out, it can also improve our physical health!
Aayushi Gupta
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“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them”. 

You probably already know that the feeling of happiness is extremely positive. In fact, so many of us actively take steps in life to reach that state of happiness. This feeling can be hidden in the joys of everyday life or it can be about big milestones. 

Needless to say, being happy reduces negative thinking and helps you look at the world in a more positive light. Having a positive mindset also reflects in all areas of your life, be it staying motivated at work or putting in extra effort in your personal relationships. Turns out, happiness isn’t just going to uplift your mental health but also improve your physical health!

Here are 6 ways in which happiness can positively impact your health:

1. Strengthens your immune system

According to a study, people who are happier get sick less often. Happiness is associated with reduced production of stress-related hormones and better immune function. Feelings of positivity can eventually enhance your immune system to defend the body against several illnesses.

2. Protects your heart

When you smile, it has a positive impact on your health because it leads to the release of endorphins which increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. This means that being happy can lower your risk of heart diseases and cardiovascular problems.

3. Lengthens your life expectancy

Being happy can improve the quality of your life. It is because happiness contributes to health-promoting behaviour which helps us stay calm and relaxed. People who have higher optimism had a longer life span. So, stay happy and live longer!

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4. Combats stress more effectively

Being happy translates into reduced feelings of negativity. Excess stress can cause a higher production of the stress hormone cortisol which can lead to many health issues. On the other hand, being happy lowers the levels of stress hormones and increases the production of endorphins and serotonin.

5. Helps reduce pain

Those who live happily, have less stress in life and stay positive experience less physical pain and fewer body aches. This means that staying happy will reduce bodily pain. 

6. Promotes an overall healthier lifestyle

The feeling of happiness is linked with several positive and highly beneficial healthy habits that promote well-being. When you’re happy, the hormones called serotonin and endorphins work effectively in your body. Hence, your mood stays stable. What’s more, being in a happy mental space often makes you feel more motivated to eat healthily and exercise regularly

Stay happy, stay healthy!

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.