How To Be Happy & Healthy? In the world today, stressful situations are an obvious reality. From worries about one’s personal issues, to matters affecting the family, society and the nation at large, the hustle and bustle of everyday living is one that we have to deal with. What makes some rise above these stressors and others succumb to breakdown is the way they handle the situations. This is most times, apparent in the way they think about the situation and the emotions attached to it.
When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively. Besides having a psychological effect of a relaxed mind, one’s mindset also has a powerful effect on the body. The relationship that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected the other sympathises. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, distrust, all tend to break down the life focus and invite decay and death.
Dr. Imoleayo Oderinde, a medical practitioner at Lafia Group of hospitals, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State, points out that “there is an established relationship between being happy and being healthy just as being unhappy can affect the health. Some negative emotions associated with being unhappy include anger, anxiety and violence. Emotions have been proved to be associated with some ill-health states like heart attack, stroke, depression, and diabetes mellitus. This is because these negative emotions cause release of stress hormones such as cortisol which, in the long run, has a role in the pathway of many diseases. It causes systemic inflammation which causes atherosclerosis implicated in coronary heart diseases. It can also cause high blood. “On the other hand, studies have shown a direct link between positive emotional state and health status of individuals. A study done in 2007 showed that emotional vitality (optimism, hopefulness, supportive network of family and friends) decreases the risk of coronary heart disease in 6000 people between the ages of 25-74 years over a period of 20 years. SEE MORE ON PAGE2