You’ve probably heard the old saying that laughter is the best medicine and this is certainly true to a large extend as studies have shown that laughter can reduce stress, relaxes muscles, helps protect the heart, and even burns calories. The truth however, goes much further than just laughter. The simply fact is that your mood can have a mighty effect on your overall health.
Anger and Irritation
People who are constantly angry or irritated at everything in life often have extremely high blood pressure and stress levels, which can result in all kinds of serious illnesses such as stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Being continually angry or irritated can also lead to poor immune system health which can result in a variety of illnesses from the common cold to skin rashes and even more severe illnesses. Angry people also take longer to heal from wounds or surgery as well.
Interestingly enough studies indicate that people who vent when they get angry are healthier than those who keep their anger or irritation inside. Women who tend to hold angry feelings inside are much more likely to have a heart attack or suffer from heart disease than either men or women who readily express their anger. However, it should be noted, that people who are on the receiving end of someone’s constant angry outbursts might well suffer from stress related conditions.
While doctors and scientists have found that there is a significant link between patients suffering from major depression resulting in poor health, it is even thought that people who suffer from minor depression or even the blues can, over a period of time, suffer ill health connected to their mood. Depression can result in overeating or under eating, sleep deprivation, and a lack of daily exercise all of which can have a major effect on your health over a period of time. Depression can make a person more accident prone as well.
General Negative Outlook on Life
People who generally have a negative outlook on life seem to suffer more from upset stomachs, insomnia, constipation, headaches, backaches and general ill health. A negative outlook generally results in tense muscles which can more easily be strained. It also results in feeling more stress when things don’t go exactly as planned. When you do suffer an illness or injury, negative thoughts often make getting better or healing take longer.
Look on the Bright Side
However, people who have a positive outlook on life and who laugh a lot and enjoy simple pleasures, tend to be healthier overall and when they do get sick or injured they recover much faster. People who are positive tend to be better able to control their weight, are more active, suffer fewer colds, and are generally healthier overall. Studies also seem to indicate that patients with serious illnesses such as cancer tend to have a better chance of recovery if they have a positive attitude towards their illness and getting well.
Changing Your Mood for a Healthier You
While being happy and positive won’t guarantee that you will never get sick, it does mean that you are likely to get sick less often and when you do get ill you are more likely to recover and recover faster than you will if you have a negative outlook. But, just how do you change your mood and attitude so that you can get or stay healthy? There are actually several things you can do, that will help you have a more positive attitude.
Finding ways to improve your mood not only improves your health, but has many other benefits as well, such as promoting better relationships with co-workers, family and friends, having a better social life, and simply enjoying your own life more.