Did you know there´s an International Day of Happiness?
It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June , 2012 and has been celebrated on March 20th ever since. The aim of this day is to make people around the world aware of the importance of happiness in their lives.
At WBHI, we take happiness seriously.
Discovering a happier healthier life is what WBHI is all about. It´s the reason we get up in the morning.
Because this is so important to us, I wanted to take a minute to share with you some of the benefits of doing the work that leads to a happier healthier life.
You might be surprised by some of the more recent research around happiness and how it relates to health.
Here we go …
Heart health and happiness: people who live happier lives also have lower heart rates - 6 beat per minute less on average – and have lower blood pressure. Happiness also has a positive effect on heart rate variability. This is the time between beats and is associated with the risk for arterial disease.
A stronger immune system: Grumpy people get sick more often. That´s because researchers have found that happiness makes for a stronger immune system.
Happiness and stress: We´ve all heard how bad stress is on the body. It negatively affects blood pressure, hormones, and can play havoc on one’s mental state. We also know that stress is inevitable. Happiness plays a significant role in the reduction of stress and recovery from the negative effects of stress.
Happiness and those aches and pains: Unhappy people experience more aches and pains than their happier counterparts. Positive feelings also help to mitigate in the context of disease.
Happiness and longevity: A 2011 study conducted on four thousand adults ages 52-79 resulted in a 35% less likelihood of death over the course of five years for individuals who were happier. A decades long study on nuns concluded that the happiest nuns live an average of 7-10 years longer than their less happy peers.
There you have it! Some of the benefits of discovering a happier healthier life. Want to know more?
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