ScienceDaily (Mar. 1, 2011) — A review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects has found "clear and compelling evidence" that -- all else being equal -- happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. Full article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122156.htm
It’s no surprise really to hear that being happy improves not only the quality of your life but even lengthens it. Smiling and laughing is the best way to lift your mood.
Studies have shown that laughter boosts the immune system in variety of ways. Laughter increases the amount of T cells, which attack viruses, foreign cells and cancer cells. The amount of stress hormones are also reduced by laughing, some of which are hormones that suppress the immune system. When you feel better after laughing, you really are happier and healthier.
Here is something to make you smile, laughing is also a full body workout. Laughing exercises the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure and increasing heart rate, which any aerobic exercise will do. It improves coordination of brain functions, which increases alertness and memory, and helps clear the respiratory tract from coughing. Some researchers estimate that proper stomach hugging laughter for 20 seconds works the heart as hard as three minutes of hard rowing.
So how can we do it?
What makes people laugh varies from person to person but there are ways you can lift your mood, making it easier for you to laugh easily.
Pop on a song that you like! We all know that feeling when one of our favourite songs come on the radio, we sing along and all of a sudden the world seems like a better place. Then the next song is a ballad and all of a sudden we are back feeling low and have a lack of energy and motivation. Music is an amazingly powerful way to change our moods; it can make us full of energy or calm us down after a busy day.
Play around with music and see how it can change your mood. Find that song that lifts you up and try it. Next time you are feeling low pop on your song and sing away, I am sure that after those 3 minutes you will feel in a different space.
It is easy to get stuck in a negative rut and the busy world that we live in today can help to keep that negative spiral turning.
Taking the first steps to becoming a happier, more positive and focused person is only a phone call away, even a single session tailored to your own needs can help you on your way!