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What is Happiness: It is linked to health

March 2, 2011

Time we figured out what it is. Because research shows that happy people tend to live longer. Do they also live disease free? An open question as of now.

<p><strong><a href=”Happiness” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122156.htm”>Happiness”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122156.htm”>Happiness improves health and lengthens life, review finds</a></strong><br />
ScienceDaily (2011-03-01) — A review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects has found “clear and compelling evidence” that — all else being equal — happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. … > read” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122156.htm”>read”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301122156.htm”>read full article</a></em></p>

The longer we live, the more the chances that we will be afflicted with one chronic disease or another. In this scenario it is good to know that there are ways of protecting the body which do not depend just or only on medicine. The path forward is to prevent and manage the small symptoms and not allow then to develop into big unmanageable and costly illnesses. And here apparently your most potent support comes from inside you. Your MIND and your ATTITUDE.

<p><strong><a href=”Beyond” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217125115.htm”>Beyond”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217125115.htm”>Beyond tender loving care: ‘TLCs’ promise health and happiness</a></strong><br />
ScienceDaily (2011-03-01) — Lifestyle changes — such as getting more exercise, time in nature or helping others — can be as effective as drugs or counseling to treat an array of mental illnesses, according to a new article. … > read” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217125115.htm”>read”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110217125115.htm”>read full article</a></em></p>

Emotions can be corrosive. Of course we know that. But now through study and investigation we are learning how and why. Regret for example is not just a waste of time it is basically another form of self-indulgence. And that is not good either for your body or your mind. 

<p><strong><a href=”Inability” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111503.htm”>Inability”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111503.htm”>Inability to shake regrets can have effects on physical health

ScienceDaily (2011-03-01) — Although Edith Piaf defiantly sang, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” most people will have their share of regrets over their lifetime. Indeed, anyone who seeks to overcome disappointments should compare themselves to others who are worse off — rather than looking up to folks in more enviable positions — according to a new study. … > read” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111503.htm”>read”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111503.htm”>read full article</a></em></p>

We have heard of the ‘placebo effect’ which is directly linked to the power of the mind to affect body responses. But astonishingly one research goes beyond this and shows that even when patients were told that they were being given placebos and not the real drug there were a significant number who responded better than those on the real drug. 

<p><strong><a href=”Placebos” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222173033.htm”>Placebos”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222173033.htm”>Placebos work — even without deception</a></strong><br />
ScienceDaily (2010-12-23) — Patients who were knowingly given placebos for irritable bowel syndrome experienced significant symptom relief when compared with controls who were given nothing. … > read” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222173033.htm”>read”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101222173033.htm”>read full article</a></em></p>

This bring us to the greatest instrument of mind management: meditation. And happily enough evidence is building rapidly that what we in India knew for a fact centuries ago  could easily be one of the sharpest and most effective ways of making people acknowledge, prevent and manage health from an early age right into old age. 

<p><strong><a href=”Mindfulness” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm”>Mindfulness”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm”>Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in eight weeks</a></strong><br />
ScienceDaily (2011-01-21) — Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. A new study is the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter. … > read” _mce_href=”http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm”>read”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm”>read full article</a></em></p>

And finally this is all work in progress. The wheel of research turns and will keep turning. New facts will come to light. What is fact today will become irrelevant or even wrong. Nothing, however, changes the fact that we need to build health awareness and not health obsession as a guiding principle in life.

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