March 20 is celebrated as the International Day of Happiness. The theme for this year’s Day of Happiness is “Happiness for all, together.” As the world faces a global health crisis, people have found a time to disconnect with the world and connect with their own selves.
People are also realising the importance of little things that we so often take for granted – our bodies and health being a very big example of the same.
On International Day of Happiness, it is important to thank our bodies for what they do for us and realise the fact that health and happiness go hand in hand. The saying goes – Health is Wealth, but perhaps, Health is also happiness.
The link between health and happiness
Apart from the general notion that when you are happy, you feel healthy, research and study have also proved a strong link between health and happiness.
“Experiences that induce positive emotion cause negative emotion to dissipate rapidly. The strengths and virtues…function to buffer against misfortune and against the psychological disorders, and they may be the key to building resilience.
“The best therapists do not merely heal damage; they help people identify and build their strengths and their virtues,” wrote Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association and the father of the field of positive psychology, in his book Authentic Happiness.
Happiness is also linked with the longevity of life, and various phases of life like family-life, decisions you make, etc. relationships, friendships, and all our everyday decisions are also affected by how we feel emotionally, and they can have a significant effect on our health.
According to Healthline, staying happy is known to boost immunity, improve heart health, combat stress, and may also reduce feelings of physical pain.
According to a survey, 65 out of 100 people would pick happiness over health, but in practice, the two are inseparable. Unhappiness, or emotions like stress, anxiety, and depression which are linked to the same, are also known to have negative outcomes when it comes to your physical and mental health. While anxiety and depression are concerning mental health issues in themselves, stress can be a risk factor for both mental and physical illnesses.
What are some ways to boost happiness?
Happiness is a state of mind which can only be achieved through practice. Some ways to boost happiness include –
Eat a healthy, nutritious diet
When the body is nourished, you are likely to feel more content and happy.
Exercise is known to help in the production of happiness hormones in the body such as endorphins.
Increase mindfulness by taking some time off work, indulging in your hobbies, spending some time in nature, spending quality time with family, and by practising meditation.
Take some time off social media
One of the main sources of unhappiness in today’s time is the constant comparison of our lives with others – an infamous gift of social media. Take some time off, and try to be content in your life by counting your blessings.