Being happy makes you healthier and more productive: science confirms the importance of happiness

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What is the real importance of happiness? Happiness is not only linked to good mood, but also to health. Science now confirms this. While some people suggest that there are far more important things to worry about, others see happiness as something vital, as what each of us ultimately would like to achieve in life.



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What is the real importance of happiness? There happiness it is not only linked to good humor, but also to health. Science now confirms this. While some people suggest that there are far more important things to worry about, others see happiness as something vital, as what each of us ultimately would like to achieve in life.

Happiness is more than a passing emotion. The negative emotions, like fear and anger, they help us escape danger and defend ourselves from danger. The positive emotions, like pleasure and hope, they help us connect with others and cope with negative situations that can happen in life.

Try to live a happy life it does not mean denying negative emotions or pretending to feel joy every moment. We all encounter adversity and it is quite natural to feel anger, sadness, frustration, or other negative emotions. To think otherwise would be to deny part of the human condition.

Being happy allows you to fully experience the positive moments, but also to effectively cope with the most difficult challenges in life. According to Matthieu Ricard, the biochemist turned Buddhist monk who is being considered the happiest man in the world: "Happiness is not a pleasant feeling or a passing emotion, but an optimal state of being".

According to the most recent research, happiness not only makes us feel good in general, but also brings with it a number of health benefits, relationships with others and performance at work. For example, the economists of the Warvick University have shown that people do they feel happy they are more productive. Subjects ready to feel happy were better able to perform assigned work tasks.



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In the health sector, was found and happy doctors make faster and more accurate diagnoses. Schools that focus on children's social and emotional well-being also perform better. Happiness has also been linked to better decision making and greater creativity.

Happiness also benefits society as a whole. According to one search Based on the review of over 160 studies, there is clear and compelling evidence that the happiest people have one better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. They would also be less likely to get colds and suffer a heart attack or stroke.


Finally, the happiest people they are more likely to make a positive contribution to society. They are more likely to volunteer and participate in public activities. They have more respect for the law and offer more help to others. Success is the key to happiness, we usually hear. But research seems to prove otherwise: happiness is the key to success. Do you agree?


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