15 Jun The Pursuit of Happiness
Boost Your Immune System with a Dose of Happiness
We all strive for happiness. It nurtures the heart, mind, and soul. And here’s one more reason to be happy: a brighter mood can improve your physical health.
Researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of British Columbia found that study participants who received wellness interventions reported a higher sense of well-being had fewer sick days over a three-month period.
But that’s not all: the study also showed that you have the power to influence your mood by taking certain actions.
Some participants in the study of 155 adults between the ages of 25 and 75 noted an improvement in their sense of well-being after learning such mood-boosting skills as how to cultivate gratitude and how to engage more with their community.
To feel better emotionally and increase your chances of staying healthy physically, consider incorporating these mood-boosting tips into your day.
Create a gratitude list.
At the end of each day, write down three to five things that happened to you that day for which you are grateful.
Reach out to a loved one you have not spoken to in a while.
Study participants found value in fostering positive interactions.
Take a virtual class.
Coming together with a community of like-minded folks can provide a sense of belonging and a dose of good feelings.