Happy Monday Everyone!
Fall is just around the corner as the air feels crisper in the morning and the night sky seems to fall quicker in the evening, but for now it is still Summer. That alone is something to celebrate. There is so much to be grateful for, such as the harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables from this long awaited season. I recently picked up some fresh pesticide-free Cherries at the Farmers Market and they are bringing me much happiness on this Monday morning. Happiness has more benefits than the obvious aspect of feeling joy, there are studies that have proven being happy and hopeful can improve your overall health and may lower your risk for Heart Disease:
Laura Kubzansky, HSPH associate professor of society, human development, and health, lead the study:
“In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 men and women aged 25 to 74 for 20 years, she found that emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviors as not smoking and regular exercise.”
Johns Hopkins expert, Lisa R. Yanek, M.P.H. also agrees:
“People with a family history of heart disease who also had a positive outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event within five to 25 years than those with a more negative outlook.”
Ed Diener, who also is a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization, of Princeton, N.J. states:
“-the evidence that positive emotions and enjoyment of life contribute to better health and a longer lifespan is stronger than the data linking obesity to reduced longevity”
Experiments done on humans have also found that positive moods reduce stress-related hormones, increase immune function and promote the speedy recovery of the heart after exertion.
“- the general conclusion from each type of study is that your subjective well-being — that is, feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not depressed — contributes to both longevity and better health among healthy populations.”
With all that is going on, as this new week begins, before the busyness of another week wraps you up, remember to reflect on the things that bring you joy in your life so that your heart is not only happy but healthy.
What are some things that bring you happiness on this Monday?
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