Thursday, March 11, 2010

Things I Wish I Knew About Health and Happiness


1. Happiness Enhances Health: Recent research suggest that people who are happy, lively, calm or exhibit other positive emotions are less likely to become ill when they are exposed to a cold virus than those who report few of these emotions. 

2. Processed Foods: If you are suffering from anxiety related disorders and sleeplessness, it might be be due to your consumption of overly processed food. Heavily processed foods are laden with sodium, which adds to depression. Therefore, canned food, fast food, and pre-packaged dehydrated food should be consumed with caution and in controlled amounts.

3. Lack of exposure to sunlight: Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body. Did you know that healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass; therefore, you cannot generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home. 

4. Lack of pets: There are many therapeutic benefits from being a pet owner. People in the company of pets, usually have a lower blood pressure and heart rate, and are generally more relaxed. 

5. Hormones and your endocrine system: Paying attention to your hormones can be life changing. Many women are left to believe that their symptoms are not real and are label as “hypochondriac. Many are placed in antidepressants when all they really needed is to have their thyroid level stabilized. It takes more that a basic thyroid test to determine if you are hypothyroid.

6. Craving for too much intimacy: 

Human beings have a natural tendency to be close with each other and at the same time have a need to retain their own space. Don’t overwhelm your spouse, friends or children with your need to be close to them at all times. The key to your mental health happiness is letting them have their own wings. Author Elizabeth Gilbert from "Eat, Pray and Love" gives a perfect example in the following clip. 

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