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Are Happy People Healthier?

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  • Research is showing that being happy may directly affect your health, even helping you to live longer — after controlling for lifestyle factors
  • People who were happier had a lower risk of developing a cold or flu, and they also reported fewer symptoms than their unhappy peers
  • Experiencing emotional well-being, along with positive dispositions like life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism and a sense of humor, is associated with increased survival in healthy people, including reduced cardiovascular mortality
  • Prioritizing and turning gross national happiness into policy could have far-reaching implications for global health

By Dr. Mercola

Being happy feels great, both mentally and physically, and it’s often said that happy people are physically healthier than their unhappy peers. However, there are a number of reasons why this could be. Happy people may be more likely to eat healthy, exercise and engage in stress-relieving activities, all of which will affect overall health, for instance.

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