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My friends we just may have a lot more control over our happiness and our physical well-being then we ever thought to be possible. To begin, in this article, I’m going to give you some information, that may change your thinking completely, concerning your joy and your good health.
WHAT ACTUALLY DETERMINES HAPPINESSES
- *50% Genetics
Studies of twins suggest that about half of our propensity for happiness is inherited.
- *10% Circumstances
Differences in external factors, such as income and beauty, have the smallest influence.
- *40% Behavior
Much of our ability to be happy is governed by our choices, such as exercising and socializing.
People who get adequate sleep well have a much better shot at achieving emotional will bring. According to a 2014 analysis. Our happiest people receive an average of 8 hours each night, 42% of U.S. adults receive less than the recommended, which is a minimum of seven hours.
Physical activity be will boost the actions of endorphins, which may be natural mood enhancers, and not only in the short term. And my friends, Exercise is increasingly becoming a standard part of the treatment for major depression and preventing relapses.
While it’s very true, that too much sun can be a bad thing, by getting enough exposure may be important to our mental health. Studies have found that the sunlight booster synthesis of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate our mood and may help to combat depression.
STANDING UP STRAIGHT
A2014 study had found that New Zealanders with upright posture reported feeling more excited, enthusiastic, and strong.Their slumping counterparts were more fearful, passive and sleepy.
EAT LOTS OF FISH
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like cold-water fatty fish have been linked to a decreased risk of mental disorders. In a review of 26 studies on this topic researchers found that the people who ate the most fish had a 17% lower risk of depression than those who ate less
SMILE and SMILE
A study in2012, found that smilers enjoyed lower heart rates during stress recovery and a smaller drop in positive emotions during stressful tasks. Research has even shown that artificially reducing the ability to frown (through Botox) may help relieve depression.
THE LINKS BETWEEN HAPPINESS AND HEALTH
A study in 2005 found that the happiest people had an average heart rate of about six fewer beats per minute. In a 2010 study, showed that over 10 years, for every one-point increase in positive emotions (on a five-point scale), an individual risk of coronary heart disease drops 22%.
Psychologists found that when a woman suffering from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia had more positive emotions, they felt lower levels of pain in the following weeks (and vice versa).
In a study, researchers assessed volunteers on their tendency toward positive or negative emotions and later exposed each person to rhinovirus, the happier subjects were less likely to develop a cold.
Recent research suggest, that happiness may not cause longevity, however, a lot of research has linked better moods to a longer life. A2011 study found that unhappy seniors were twice as likely as their happier peers to die within five years.
Gallup published a report in 2010, linking obesity with lower emotional will-being. Among everyone, obese individuals were more likely to experience worry, stress, anger and depression.
SO WHAT MAKES US AMERICANS HAPPY?
Currently Americans are
31% VERY HAPPY
13% NOT TOO HAPPY
56% PRETTY HAPPY
31% Not in the work force, or retired
Perhaps is not really surprising, it’s significantly more difficult to be happy while being involuntarily out of work.
Studies have shown that married people are happier than those that are not married. However, the results are less clear when you add children.
Yes indeed, money can increase happiness, however, the rates of happiness have definitely not, kept pace with the trend of our rising incomes.
It seems youth is overrated. Here is something for all of us to look forward to. The studies have shown, seniors tend to be the happiest among all adults.
Across all the faiths, and consistently over decades, happy, happy are those who pack the pews.
Regardless of any power shifts, the Republicans, particularly extreme conservatives, have the happiness all bagged up, having the edge.
THOSE WHO ARE MOST HAPPY IN THEIR JOBS
(Source: General Social Survey by The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago)
THOSE WHO ARE LEAST HAPPY IN THEIR JOBS
- Gas station attendants
- Machine operators
- Construction workers
- Amusement park attendants
- Food prepares
- Dry cleaner operators
- Legal assistants
- Auto mechanics
- Prison officers
- Door-to-door salespeople
- Furniture salespeople
YOUR GOOD HEALTH
Let us talked about your good health, I am a firm believer that you can have all the money in the world however, without good health, you will never truly enjoy it. One of the hot topics in our world of health today is gut health, for the past few decades, the conversation around healthy eating and nutrient has been focus mostly on finding magical foods and miraculous supplements that can help us burn fat, lose that unwanted weight, and for you females building buns of steel.
Boys and girls, listen closely, gut health is extremely important. Gut health influences optimal digestion, efficient absorption of nutrients’, a diverse microbiota, and a very strong immune system. It will not only affect the bodily functions involved in the digestion of food, like nutrients’ absorption and bowel movements, but it also affects our overall health. Studies have shown that it plays a critical role in our heart, skin, kidneys, immune hormones and our mental health.
It is absolutely vital for people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses to nurture gut health. Although my friends, digestive disease are found in every segment of our population, there are some groups that are disproportionately affected by specific gut-health conditions. Asians, Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americans have the highest death rates from digestive-system cancers, like pancreatic and stomach cancer.
In the United States, around 60 million to 70 million people suffer from digestive diseases that directly affect gut health, like colon cancer, autoimmune diseases like Celia, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, functional gastrointestinal disorders, foodborne infections such as salmonella, and digestive conditions, such as chronic constipation, that is related to food and pharmaceutical intake. While we may think, frequently suffering from an upset stomach or having constipation may not seem life threatening, it can lead to severe health complications in the future. The IBS Global impact Report in 2018, found that it takes four years for a person to receive a definitive diagnosis of IBS.
What I am attempting to point out to all of you, please start taking your gut health seriously. And here are some things that you can do just that. These are attainable, and realistic affordable changes that you can implement.
- *Eat a plant-centric diet, that is high in fiber, and prebiotic rich foods to nurture gut-friendly microbes and will promote healthy bowel movement. Foods that are rich in fiber and prebiotics, include garlic, onions, bananas, leeks, beans, cauliflower, seeds, nuts, lentils, and brown rice.
- *Try to eat in a way that fits your budget and culture identity. Purchase affordable whole foods that includes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that you and your family will find familiar and delicious. When your time and budget allows it, explore some ways to incorporate new gut-friendly foods into some of your favorite family recipes. Such as, you can add fiber-rich vegetables like carrots or broccoli to your curry, stew, or a pot roast family recipe.
- *Please do not ignore digestive health issues. If for some reason you are uninsured, Google, and find yourself a community health center that provides low-cost medical services. And check your eligibility for affordable health insurance at healthcare.gov.
- *try to build an open and honest relationship with your primary care physician and gastroenterologist. Request from your doctor a referral for a registered dietitian, or look for one at eatrightpro.org.
My dear friends, it is time to stand tall and take care of your overall health. This is extremely serious, especially with everything that is going on throughout our world. We cannot sit on the sidelines and hope for someone else to take charge of our health. Public health efforts, to actually improve digestive health must bring together hospitals, departments of health, research universities, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and public health organizations to implement new policies and regulations that will raise gut-health awareness. And you know that this is going to take forever and a day, we must take responsibility for the health of our families friends and ourselves now.
May good health and prosperity be always with you.
Humbly yours Paul Earl.