September 16, 2013

 

Happiness and Physical Health

 

By now everyone knows that the happier you are, the healthier you tend to be.  Less stress means a healthier heart, fewer digestive problems, sounder sleep… the list goes on.  But is this true for all happiness?  Does the happiness you feel when you win $100 on a scratch off ticket give you the same physical health benefits as when you volunteer at the soup kitchen?  A recent study suggests that happiness stemming from altruistic behaviors affects us on a cellular level.  So the next time you feel a little under the weather, consider reaching out to someone in need.  It could give your mood AND body a boost!

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