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Don’t Worry! Be Happy …. And Healthy!

By Bigg Success Staff
01-09-08

Work-Life Balance

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Are you happy? It turns out that your answer to that question may determine, in some part, how healthy you are.

A recent study, published in American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that there appears to be a link between positive emotions and body chemistry. The study was conducted by Dr. Andrew Steptoe, a professor of psychology at University College in London, along with researchers Katie O'Donnell, Ellena Badrick, Meena Kumari and Michael Marmot.

Specifically, the study showed that people who reported being upbeat had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone may contribute to high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, and reduced immune functions when it’s persistently elevated.

Women who are happy may experience lower levels of C-reactive protein and interlukin 6, according to the study. These two proteins indicate inflammation, which is believed to contribute to heart disease and cancer.

So, if you want to be healthy, be happy!

Happiness is related to enjoyment, contentment, willingness, and gratefulness.

Enjoyment
Spend more time doing things you enjoy. Spend less time on things you don’t. You’ll smile more, which is very infectious! No pun intended! Ah, who are we kidding? Of course, the pun was intended!

Contentment
You can be happy without being content, but you can’t be content without being happy. Contentment is an inner feeling, related to peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from knowing you did your very best to reach your full potential.
 

In case you missed it, in our inaugural blog, we said that
our favorite definition of success comes from John Wooden,
who says you’ve succeeded when you have peace of mind.

So do everything you can to become all that you can be. You’ll be happy … and healthier!

Willingness
Be willing to lend a hand. To be a friend. To help someone who can never pay you back. To give back. Develop a willingness to help others in need. Strive to make it part of your essence.

Research shows that people who give are happier ... and healthier! Be willing to help someone today. You’ll be thankful you did, which leads us to …

Gratefulness
Just like a willingness to give has its health benefits, so does an attitude of gratitude. We all have so many things for which to be thankful. So many things that we take for granted. From family and friends. To talents. To blessings. The list could go on and on …

So spend some time today reflecting and being thankful. You’ll find it makes you happier … can you feel that smile coming?

Because it’s hard to think about happiness without thinking about a smiling face, isn’t it? Doesn’t that make you smile? Happiness flows outward and affects others. So tell us …

What makes you happy? Share it with us … you’ll be happy you did. Can you see our big smile?

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Related Links:

Define Success For Your Peace Of Mind

Putting The Thanks In Thanksgiving

Putting The Giving In Thanksgiving

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