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Here's How Staying Happy Improves Your Health

Wish we could turn back time to the good old days when our mom used to say that laughter is the best medicine. Guess what? It still is.

It’s no mystery that happiness has a significant role to play in your health. On days when we’re happy, we feel energetic and ready to conquer the world. However, bad days make us feel sluggish and low on energy. It’s common to fall sick on such days.

Happiness and health go hand-in-hand. Emotions associated with happiness, such as joy and cheerfulness, have short-term and long-term effects on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Staying happy enhances overall health in every possible way. Well, it’s high time you realise that happiness is better than any antidote - who knows, you might end up saving some bucks that you spend on your medicines.

Happiness: a mind-body-soul connection

It is quoted that “health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit.” Happiness plays a major role in making this true.

How does happiness speak to your body?

There are uncountable benefits of happiness which are reflected in your physical health. Positive emotions produce “happy hormones” such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, which further promote feelings of mental and physical well-being. Staying happy reduces stress levels, maintains blood pressure, enhances heartbeat and blood pumping, and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. It is known to enhance metabolism and boost immunity. Studies suggest that negative emotions increase the risk of developing colds whereas positive emotions reduce it.

Happiness keeps your mind in check

Staying happy is directly related to your mental health and making it better. People experiencing negative emotions have a higher risk of developing psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. Without any mental stress, you are able to stay more focused and perform better in life. Staying happy makes you feel good and provides you with mental stability, which further gives you greater control over your thoughts. Improved mental health contributes to your overall life satisfaction.

The beauty of positive emotions

Positive emotions and emotional positivity are a complete circle. Happiness contributes to the betterment of emotional health, which further contributes to physiologically feeling better. Emotionally healthy people are great life players - they are better at coping with life’s challenges, aware of their own emotions, and experience stability in their perspectives.

The overall effects of happiness on your health

Happiness is the doctor who takes care of you in every way possible. It contributes more to our health and well-being than we know. It brings with it millions of benefits - physical and psychological health improves, your body weight is kept in check, you feel a sense of stability, negative emotions do not put you down in the dumps, your work performance improves, you are socially more pleasant, your personal relationships improve, and your sleeping pattern improves which makes you happier. Laughter does take care of you, right?

… yes, it does. But in case of medical emergencies, let the Kenko Health Individual Plan take care of you and make you happier!

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