For almost all of us, there are two major wants in our life to be happy and to be in good health; but these two things need not be separate from each other – they both influence each other. Recent research has shown that happier people often tend to be healthier too.
In a recent study, subjects were exposed to a cold virus to monitor the effects and results showed that those that were happier actually avoided the illness. This is obviously not to say that if you just keep a positive outlook, you will be immune from all disease, but it keeps the immune system up and may also just trick you into feeling better, so you wont even experience the symptoms.
The same works the other way too healthier people tend to be happier. This may seem like a given, but it is scientific fact that people who regularly exercise and eat well tend to be happier this is due to increased energy, better nutrition and often, simply down to body image. How we see ourselves can affect our moods greatly the guilt after eating a particularly fatty food can remain for many people and actually lead to a degree of depression.
Happiness also seems to lead to a longer life, assuming you are healthy of course; so really, the two work well in tandem. So, how can you keep healthier and happier?
Feeling healthier can be as simple as changing your diet and exercise routines simply walk to work instead or set up an exercise regime to improve your fitness levels. In terms of foods, ensure that you are eating the right type to suit the season salads and fruits are best for the summer, whilst vegetables, soups and hearty foods are perfect for colder climates. Whilst chocolate and other junk food need not be completely cut out, it should certainly be cut down on everything in moderation.
Happiness is a bit harder to achieve as it is often out of our control, but there are a number of ways to aid you on your way to feeling happier it can be anything from a change of job (if youre feeling dissatisfied) to a vacation abroad or even practiced through meditation. Obviously, many will struggle to simply feel happy, and if you really cannot see yourself feeling this way, it would certainly help to speak to someone about it.