Finding Happiness And Gratefulness Will Increase Your Longevity!
(read the whole article from Mercola.com) Summary below:
Gratefulness Journal – Each day keep a list of everything that happened that you are grateful for.Download and use a Gratitude Ap daily!
- Psychological – felt more alert alive and awake. Achieve better results.
- Physically – feel better about health, exercise more and sleep better (10% more!). 10 – 15% in blood pressure reduction.
- Social Relationships – more positive social behaviours
- Better Than Drugs: According to Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an expert in brain and mind health:”If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”
Epigenetics: A team of researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses. This falls into the realm of epigenetics — changing the way your genes function by turning them off and on.
Your health responds to your thoughts, actions and your environment. The work of Dr. Bruce Lipton and other epigenetic researchers shows that the “environmental signals” also include thoughts and emotions—both of which have been shown to directly affect DNA expression. Contrary to the Newtonian belief in your body as a biological machine, epigenetic science reveals that you are an extension of your environment, which includes everything from your thoughts and belief systems, to toxic exposures and exposure to sunlight, exercise, and, of course, everything you choose to put onto and into your body. Epigenetics shatters the idea that you are a victim of your genes, and shows that you have tremendous power to shape and direct your physical health.
Actions that strengthen the positive attitude
- Write thank you notes
- Nonverbal actions such as smiles and hugs
- Remember to say “please” and “thank you”
- Express thanks through prayer or mindfulness meditation
- Make happiness your goal. The first step toward greater happiness is to choose it
- Identify that which makes you happy – remember it
- Make happiness a priority – plan time each day doing happy things
- Savor pleasant moments – the scent of your coffee, the feeling of your soft bed
- Ditch unnecessary and joyless distractions This includes texts, tweets and emails, which take you away from the true pleasures in life
- Prioritize experiences over things — things wear off, experience grows new positives
- Purpose Happiness isn’t about pleasure alone; it’s also about having a sense of purpose
- Meet New People – Having meaningful social relationships is important for happiness
- SunLight – Exposure to bright outdoor light is crucial for a positive mood
- Practice Kindness – When people make a point to conduct three to five acts of kindness a week