Have you noticed that those who are happier seem to be physically healthier? Have you wondered what you could do to be like them? How does being happy affect your physical health? What is it about happiness that translates to your physical health?
In this article, we’ll answer these questions, among others and help you start on your path to happiness and healthiness.
Happiness means less stress
It should be fairly obvious that stress leads to worsened physical health. Stress can cause heart attack, stroke, anxiety, migraines, aneurysms, and many other terrible health conditions. The happier you are, the less stressed you will be.
Happiness is a powerful emotion that surges through you and affects so many different areas of your life. When you’re happy, stress doesn’t have as much of an impact on your mental health or your day-to-day life. Stress can’t root itself in your life if you’re happy.
Happiness means less negativity, more positivity
When you’re happy, your body is filled with positivity. Whether we admit to it or not, our outlook affects our health quite a bit. If you stay positive, you have a higher chance of overcoming whatever health problem you’re battling than if you’re negative about it.
Our minds are a powerful thing and our mindsets can make or break us when it comes to battling health problems. Happiness promotes more positivity which will help to provide you with the strength you need to keep fighting until you win.
Those who are happier tend to eat healthier
Studies have shown that those who are happier are 47% more likely to consume a healthy diet mixed with healthy fruits and vegetables than those who aren’t. Consuming a healthy, well-rounded diet promotes a wide range of health benefits, as well as uplifting your mood. You’d be amazed what a healthier diet can do for your mood and overall healthiness.
This healthy behavior leads to a positive cycle that helps to keep you healthy. Those who are happier tend to make healthier food choices which then uplift their mood and keeps them happy. This cycle promotes and helps maintain a positive healthy lifestyle, keeping you physically healthier.
Those who are happier tend to be more physically active
The same study we mentioned in the last section also showed that those who are happier are 33% more likely to be physically active, another necessary component to remaining physically healthier. When you’re upset, depressed, or miserable in any way, it makes it far harder to be physically active and do much else other than lay on the couch all day.
Those who are happier tend to be more physically active, meaning they exercise more and work off more calories. The more physically active you are, the easier it is to be physically active. This means that you just keep getting more and more physically active as you go along and keep getting healthier.
Those who are happier tend to be more physically healthier because of the fact that the mind and the body are one unit. They work together and both need to be healthy in order for you to be entirely physically healthy. The happier you are the more energy you’ll have to be physically active and the better you’ll eat. If you eat better, you’ll have even more energy, thus furthering the cycle.
If you want to get healthier, you have to first focus on your mental health. Make sure that you’re happy and doing all you can to maintain that happiness. Never forget that your mental health and your physical health go hand-in-hand.