Is mental happiness the new key to health? Let’s find out


Mental health is as equally important as one’s physical health. And somewhere down the line your mental health completely depends on your mental happiness. If you look around, you’ll find many of us, especially the young generation, is consumed with materialistic happiness rather than focusing on real things. And this is what leads the youth today, towards stress, anxiety and various other mental ailments. If you can focus on your mental happiness or even pay a little attention towards your mental health, you can automatically improve your physical well-being. Here are six different ways in which your mental happiness contributes to your good health.

 

1. Happiness protects the heart :

 

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Image courtesy:Atheist Alliance International

 

Love and happiness are probably the two things that do not originate in the heart but are good for it. According to studies, it has also been found that happiness predicts lower heart rate and blood pressure. Happiness as well affects the heart rate variability – the time interval between heartbeats and is often associated with risks for various diseases. When one expresses positive emotions, one can note a serious difference in their heart health compared to the others who don’t express happiness more often.

 

2. Happiness strengthens the immune system :

 

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Image courtesy : health.com

 

Researchers have proved that happiness and your immune system have a much stronger relationship than you can imagine. Your immune system activities do up or down depending on your emotions. And if you experience more positive emotions, then you are less like to fall prey to common sicknesses such as common cold and fever. On the days a person feels happier and is at mental peace even the immune system responds better.

 

3. Happiness helps to combat stress :

 

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Image courtesy : ADDitude

 

Stress isn’t just upsetting for your psychological health but it as well affects one’s physical health too. Stress can trigger biological changes in our hormones and blood pressure. These effects can be tempered with happiness and if not, happiness at least helps one to recover more quickly. Happiness and stress may be on different poles, but happiness can effectively help to combat stress to an extent. Even when stress is inevitable, happiness can be beneficial for a good health.

 

4. Happiness can combat disease and disability :

 

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Image courtesy : SE Healthcare Quality Consulting

 

Although this may sound weird to some, laughing through the pain can actually be helpful for a speedy recovery. Happiness can be associated with improvements even in severe and long-term conditions and not just for shorter aches and pains. According to research conducted, it was found that people who are happy and contained were about 1.5 times less likely to suffer from long-term health conditions.

 

5. Happiness helps to lengthen the lifespan :

 

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Image courtesy : aplaceformom.com

 

In the end, happiness can be your ultimate health indicator. Even many researchers have proofed that happiness and longevity work together. When a person his happy from within, both his mental and physical health mend gradually. Happiness need not have to come from materialistic things, but from even the smalls of tasks accomplished. While happiness can lengthen our lives and keep us at a better space, it cannot perform miracles. Apart from the mental happiness you also need to care for yourself for a better health and a better you.