Happiness is a combination of how satisfied you are with your life (for example, finding meaning in your work) and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis. Both of these are relatively stable—that is, our life changes and our mood fluctuates, but our general happiness is more genetically determined than anything else. Here are some health benefits of staying happy.
1. Happiness strengthens your immune system
Do you know a grumpy person who always seems to be getting sick? That may be no coincidence. There is a link between happiness and a stronger immune system.
People with the most positive emotions were less likely to have developed a cold. why happier people might be less affected. The ones who are high in positive emotion are nearly twice as likely to have a high antibody response to the vaccine—a sign of a robust immune system. Instead of merely affecting symptoms, happiness seemed to be working on a cellular level. The immune system activity in the same individual goes up and down depending on their happiness.
2. Happiness protects your heart
Love and happiness may not originate in the heart, but they are good for it. Happiness is linked to healthier hearts even among people who might have heart problems. It seemed that people who rate themselves as happiest on the day their hearts were tested had a healthier pattern of heart rate variability on that day.
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