Have you ever thought…”If I’m in love and happy will I live longer?” Well, if you have I want to share this with you. David R Hamilton PHD wrote a very interesting article take a look below:
5 Ways that Positivity and Happiness can Protect you from Illness and even help you Live Longer.
1) A Positive Outlook is good for the heart; Optimists are less likely to get heart disease than pessimists. A study of 999 people over the age of 65 found that optimists had a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimists.
2) Happiness helps us get over the cold; People who are happy, lively and calm have better immune systems. One study saw nasal drops of the cold and flu virus given to 193 people between the ages of 21 and 55 and discovered that those who were happier and more positive (defined as a positive emotional style) got less sick and recovered faster. How we feel affects the immune system and therefore our ability to fight off a cold or even our risk of catching one in the first place.
3) Counting blessings improves happiness; A simple exercise that I use is to catch yourself a few times a day and ask, ‘what am I grateful for right now?’ It helps to create a habit of counting blessings. Happiness is a side-effect.
4) A Positive outlook about ageing helps us live longer; A positive attitude can add years to our lives. One study examined 660 people and found that those who felt positive about getting older lived seven and a half years longer than those with a negative outlook about ageing. Whether we can think of ageing in a positive way or a negative way matters. Even how we act – whether we act younger or older than our real age – also plays a part in how quickly we age. Mindset gives us far more control over the ageing process than most people realize.
5) Smiling helps us live longer; Research shows that people who genuinely smile (who use the muscles beside their eyes – known as the orbicularis oculi) are more likely to live past the age of 80 than people who don’t genuinely smile. Despite what many people think, you can train yourself to smile more. One ‘laughter yoga’ exercise is to take a deep breath in and then laugh on the exhale. Of course, you will be faking it at first but in time you will start to properly laugh. Doing this a few times a day exercises the orbicularis oculi muscle, training ourselves to smile more easily and genuinely.
Very Interesting huh? That’s the POWER OF LOVE. Hopefully that song will be in your mind the ENTIRE DAY!!!!!