Let’s be frank, happiness is not in the big things we all want, it’s usually in the small moments – when we share a laugh or a smile, when we get an unexpected warm hug or a ‘miss you’ text during the day, when it’s sunny whether outside or in our hearts. Yes, that is happiness!
But happiness is much more than just a positive feeling to us. Scientific evidence has suggested that happiness can make us healthier and can extend our life expectancy!
A study that followed 5,000 university students for a period of 40 years has discovered that stress, anxiety, depression and lack of enjoyment of daily activities is linked to a higher rate of disease and a shorter lifespan. Laboratory experiments showed that positive emotions reduce stress-related hormones, increase immune function and a quick recovery!
Happiness is something we are inclined to feel but it can also be cultivated!
Written by Dr. Noel Duncan