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!