Emotional Well-Being and Happiness!
Happiness has been linked to good health. A healthy diet and exercise are great for your body, but don’t neglect your emotional health and well-being. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep are all ways to find happiness.
Happiness strengthens your immune system! Do you know a grumpy person who always seems to be getting sick? That may be no coincidence: Research is now finding a link between happiness and a stronger immune system.
When your mind is frazzled and stressed, and your emotions are taking over your thoughts and affecting your everyday activities, it’s time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. Of course focusing on your physical health is crucial, but so is treating your mind and spirit to the same attention. Your happiness goes a long way in protecting your overall well-being.
Many of us might prefer to focus on boosting our productivity and success rather than our positive emotions. Or perhaps we’ve tried to get happier but always seem to get leveled by setbacks. Why keep trying? Recently, a critical mass of research has provided what might be the most basic and irrefutable argument in favor of happiness: Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Indeed, scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer.
We all want to be happy. But how does one do that? Is it even possible to become a happier person? And if so, what’s the best way to go about it? Researchers in the field of positive psychology have been studying these questions and the answers are encouraging. Turns out you can genuinely increase your happiness and overall satisfaction with life—and it doesn’t require a winning lottery ticket or some other drastic change of circumstances. What it takes is an inner change of perspective and attitude. Health and happiness are inextricably entwined.
Only in recent years have psychologists begun to appreciate the benefits of happiness and positive emotion — benefits that include everything from enhanced creativity to improved immune-system function. Happiness broadens your focus and expands your thinking. Negativity is not good for your health. Your thoughts and emotions can impact your physical health. Emotions that are freely experienced and expressed without judgment or attachment tend to move fluidly. On the other hand, repressed emotions (especially fearful or negative ones) can destroy mental energy and lead to health problems.
Your emotional health is just a term for how you feel — your overall happiness and well-being. Are you stressed? Unhappy? Unsatisfied? Worried and anxious? Then your emotional health needs some serious attention, or your body will start paying the price. Happiness protects your heart! Research has also uncovered a link between happiness and another measure of heart health: heart rate variability, which refers to the time interval between heartbeats and is associated with risk for various diseases.
There are a lot of myths out there about what will make you happy. Do you, like many people, have a mental list of things you think you need in order to be truly happy? Positive emotions — curiosity, love, joy, contentment, wonder, excitement — expand your focus of attention. When you’re angry, your focus narrows to the source of your frustration and the object of your wrath. Happiness improves your ability to problem-solving!
Negativity is not good for your health! Negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets the body’s hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the immune system. Chronic stress can actually decrease our lifespan. Do you find yourself constantly stressed, impatient, grumpy or intolerant? Do you understand the hidden positive role that negative emotions play in your life? Are you experiencing inexplicable symptoms of pain or fatigue, which no-one seems to be able to explain?
People with good emotional health: Feel good about themselves, and don’t suffer from self-esteem issues; Believe that there is a purpose to their lives; Have less stress; Have better relationships.
Being in a healthy, supportive love relationship does contribute to happiness. Genetics do play a role in happiness. It’s stressful when you’re worried about money.
Happiness builds physical, intellectual, and social resources. People are more playful when they’re happy. People learn better when they’re in a positive frame of mind. Human beings gravitate toward positive people and away from negative ones.
Forgiveness means fully accepting that a negative event has occurred and relinquishing our negative feelings surrounding the circumstance. Research shows that forgiveness helps us experience better mental, emotional and physical health. The practice of forgiveness has also been linked to better immune function and a longer lifespan. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has more than just a metaphorical effect on the heart: it can actually lower our blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health as well.
Positive emotions lead to emotional resilience! Resilient people are able to experience tough emotions like pain, sorrow, frustration, and grief without falling apart. Resilient people do not deny the pain or suffering they are experiencing; rather, they retain a sense of positivity that helps them overcome the negative effects of their situation. In fact, some people are able to look at challenging times with optimism and hope, knowing that their hardships will lead to personal growth and an expanded outlook on life.
Emotional Management – the key to managing health and happiness. When the body is in the stress response, the natural healing response stops. Therefore we are less likely to heal when we are stuck in the stress response. Your body communicates with you via emotions and symptoms. Stop being afraid of feeling your feelings. There is a connection between stress, emotions and illness.
Happiness is one antidote to rage. Optimism can be an antidote to fear and cynicism. Joy is the opposite of misery. Humor defuses a desire for vengeance. Positive and negatives emotions can’t exist at the same moment in time. Embracing one negates the other. Happiness protects your health!
Our brains are wired to notice and remember the things that are wrong. It’s a survival mechanism that helped keep our cave-dwelling ancestors safe in a world where there were many physical threats. But in today’s comparatively safe world, this biological predisposition to focus on the negative contributes to stress and unhappiness. Express gratitude, count your blessings. Mindfulness meditation is a powerful technique for learning to live in and enjoy the moment. And you don’t have to be religious or even spiritual to reap its benefits. No pan flutes, chanting, or yoga pants required.
The happiest people know what their unique strengths are and build their lives around activities that allow them to use those strengths for the greater good. There are many different kinds of strengths, including kindness, curiosity, honesty, creativity, love of learning, perseverance, loyalty, optimism, and humor. Happiness combats stress. Happy people have fewer aches and pains. Happiness combats disease and disability. Happiness lengthens our lives. As the science of happiness and health matures, researchers are trying to determine what role, if any, happiness actually plays in causing health benefits.
Exercise. It protects physical and emotional health, relieves stress, and makes you feel good.
Spend some time in the sun. Sunlight is a great natural way to boost your mood. Avoidind junk food and sticking to a healthy diet. You should also steer clear of smoking, drug use, and too much alcohol. Pets offer fun, relaxation, and a whole lot of love. They can encourage you to exercise, and tear your attention away from stressful activities.