We all know that being happy creates that sense of warmth inside ourselves, a warmth that may last a lifetime, or a fleeting moment. We have also grown up with the saying that, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ but what does that really mean?
If we smile and laugh, will that make us immune from disease? Of course not, there are far more interactions at play which impact on our health – our susceptibility, our choices, our environments, our family miasmic history…. but what difference does happiness actually make?
I know many grumpy, miserable people who have outlived those who were blessed to be on the planet to brighten many lives with their presence, as I am sure you do too.
There are however, many examples of how positivity has lengthened the lives of those who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
A recent book I have had the pleasure to read, The Cancer Whisperer by the wonderfully inspiring Sophie Sabbage filled me with happiness. To see someone who had received the devastating news of stage 4 terminal cancer. Yet, through her amazing mantra of ‘I have cancer, cancer does not have me’ and her battle to own the cancer and have control over choices, treatment and ultimately her body, Sophie is living proof that health can be improved when you do not take the route of doom and gloom.
The one thing we know is that we will all meet our maker. Some of us embrace it, many fear it, but what we do not know is when our final curtain will fall. So, why not do all we can to facilitate creating inner happiness along the way.
It is known that being happy:
- lowers your blood pressure
- strengthens your immune system
- combats stress
- mitigates pain
We also know that even when we have coughs and colds, getting on with life as normal, rather than wallowing in self-pity seems to make the symptoms less problematic.
As with everything else that appears in your material world, taking control of your happiness enables you to face life with a positive attitude. Happiness can lengthen lives. Happiness can improve your health. Happiness can combat the negative. Happiness has to come from within.
Researcher Robert Holden discovered for The Happiness Project that, “there is no true health without happiness.”
My health is not perfect, I have acquired bad habits at a young age, I have daily battles to face, but what I do know is…..I am happier now than ever before and whatever life throws at me, I will face with a smile, inner calm and humour! Try it…
Dream BIG, Sparkle MORE, Shine BRIGHTLY