Just as stress creates a negative impact on health so happiness creates a positive impact on health. This is not just the removal of the problems caused by stress but actual improvements in health due to happiness.
Some illnesses that happiness has the potential to either decrease the risk of or limit its severity include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Upper respiratory infections
Even though your particular circumstances may be difficult, finding ways to create moments of happiness can pay big dividends.
Athletes have found that when they get fatigued and feel like they can't continue, if they smile it changes their body. They can have a 30% increase in their performance for the next several minutes. That tells us that even if we have to "act as if", even a pretend smile or laugh can bring some benefits to our health.
Things to do
- Maintain relationships
- Make friends
- Do some fun activities
- Go for a walk
- Smell the roses, enjoy the scenery
- Think happy thoughts
- Get proper sleep
- Find ways to replace the worrying thoughts with happier ones