It is International Day of Happiness, the feeling of happiness brings joy, and people look best when they smile and laugh. Everybody wants to be happy, but there are those who are not satisfied. It is true that life is full of challenges, and it is not possible to remain happy at all times. There is however a need to reach out and show appreciation.
Along with attaining inner peace and happiness it is important to spread joy and not hurt and criticism, because we live in a world where nobody is perfect. There are negative happenings in the world with a lot of crime, bullying and criticism. This is true even considering the fact that humans are social beings.
It is important to remember that being happy makes you a healthier person, let us explore.
Happiness gives you a good immune system:
It reduces risk of chest infections and cold, in an experiment conducted with more than three hundred healthy individuals, the result showed happier people are less likely to contract cold compared to the extremely unhappy ones. The result also showed the chances of infecting a cold in unhappy people is three times higher than happy people. Scientists have also discovered that happier people have stronger antibody response.
Happy people are more prone to eating healthy foods such as vegetables, whole grain and fruits, and they have more energy for regular physical activity.
When a person is extremely stressed there is an increase in hormone cortisol and it contributes to high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, weight gain and irregular sleep. An experiment was conducted in more than 200 adults on how being happy can fight stress. The result showed 32% of individuals who were happy had lesser levels of stress hormone cortisol.
If you want to live a long and productive life, find ways to be happy, studies have shown unhappier people have 14% chances of short life compared to happy people.
Good for heart health:
Being happy is good for the heart and blood pressure, in a study conducted in more than 6,500 people above 65 years of age, the result showed those who are happy had 9% reduced risk of blood pressure. Happy people are 13 to 26 percent less prone to suffer from heart disease.
There are health benefits from being happy, but yet there are many cases of depression. There are over 300 million individuals who have depression, a rise of over 18 percent between the years of 2005 and 2015. It is essential to help one another and make each other feel comfortable.
The significance of International Day of Happiness is to spread joy, kindness and laughter and this can be done by helping one another. Think about how as a society we can eliminate hurting and criticizing other people for no reason.
On International Day of Happiness let us think of spreading cheer and joy, not just on this day but on all days.