According to Kira M. Newman, who writes for Greater Good, there are 6 Scientific Facts That Link Happiness with Good Health, including:
- HAPPINESS PROTECTS YOUR HEART.
- HAPPINESS STRENGTHENS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
- HAPPINESS COMBATS STRESS.
- HAPPY PEOPLE HAVE FEWER ACHES AND PAINS.
- HAPPINESS COMBATS DISEASE AND DISABILITY.
- HAPPINESS LENGTHENS OUR LIVES.
With those happiness benefits in mind, here's how through your own actions you can treat yourself to times of happiness:
- Make a list of no to low cost activities that bring you joy (joy is an enhancement of happiness), and pull three a week from a jar where you've placed these activities from your list, and schedule time for each of those treats of joy-filled happiness
- Schedule a personal phone call with one of your best friends who is also happy. When you schedule it, it becomes a priority and there is less phone-tag, and more likely happy laughter and sharing
- Drive a path of nature or beauty in your mind, and while staying focused on your journey, strive to see something new or light in spirit to treat yourself to some happy bonus time
- Meditate about happiness and the thoughts, feelings, words and actions that create that sense for you
- Decide you'll be happy in your words and actions at the beginning of the day, and then record your happiest moments, with gratitude, at the end of the day. Read the list from yesterday upon waking each day.
- Smile, and watch who smiles back. The simple act of kindness begets much kindness
These, and other intentional focuses on happiness may not wipe away all heartache and concern, and yet with these, the heart can pump some energy, and our concerns may get complimented by ideas to combat those low points.
Since happiness has value, and little cost, there's few or no reasons not to treat yourself to a little this Halloween...and throughout the upcoming months!