09 May Happiness and health
Being healthy means more than just avoiding a virus or the flu.
Health professionals today are arriving at a shared conclusion that total wellness has to include a focus on positive emotions. One example, research released by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 2005, specifically links laughter to healthy function of blood vessels by causing the vessel lining to expand and increase blood flow.
“Having a positive outlook is crucial to being well,” said Robert Fish, director of pastoral care at University Place retirement community in West Lafayette. “And it’s never too late to start.”
Many psychologists and other health professionals have devoted research into the ‘science of happiness” in recent years, turning from psychology’s traditional focus on mental illness to a new study of how individuals attain a positive attitude.
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