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Top Five Tips for Health and Happiness

Healthy and happy!

A new study found that patients who not only exercised, but also have a positive outlook on life tend to have a 42 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality at five-year follow-up and were 50 percent more likely to participate in an exercise program than those without a more positive outlook. Details from the study report that these patients had pleasurable environmental responses such as feelings of happiness, joy, excitement, contentment and enthusiasm. The bottom line is: happier people tend to be healthier people. The paper was in the Journal Circulation – Happy hearts: Positivity plus exercise linked to lower CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) mortality.

The study further states that, “The association between a positive emotional state of mind and lower mortality in patients with ischemic heart disease is mediated by exercise.” Ischemic heart disease is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart. It is the most common form of death in most western countries.

Finally, the conclusion of the study says that, “Because positive affect is related to exercise, interventions aimed at positive-affect induction, in combination with exercise, may induce better outcomes for patients, both in terms of increasing the likelihood of the accomplishment and maintenance of a healthy exercise pattern and better psychological functioning than interventions focusing on the promotion of exercise alone.”

Why I think this study and these finding are important is that your overall health is tied strongly to your outlook on life and how you treat your body. A negative attitude can permeate through how you live and often time be a catalyst for increased stress, need for unhealthy comfort food and an attachment to a sedentary lifestyle. In my clients, I’ve seen more times than not that the happier you are, the more you want to attack life and live it to the fullest. It’s not a coincidence that these people have fewer health problems.

This whole concept is a reason I wrote my latest book, Stop Renting Your Health. Own It – A three step approach. It’s all about reclaiming your passion for life while reclaiming your health. In it, my top five steps for doing this are:

Test your attitude – take stock of your attitude and look for ways to be more positive
Have confidence in your ability to meet goals – set realistic goals and never let negative people detract from them
Choose exercises you enjoy – you are much more likely to stick with a program you enjoy
Manage stress – depending on how you view stress, it can propel you to achieve more or bog you down
Eat a healthy diet – put good fuel in your body and you will keep it running for a long time

  1. Test your attitude – take stock of your attitude and look for ways to be more positive
  2. Have confidence in your ability to meet goals – set realistic goals and never let negative people detract from them
  3. Choose exercises you enjoy – you are much more likely to stick with a program you enjoy
  4. Manage stress – depending on how you view stress, it can propel you to achieve more or bog you down
  5. Eat a healthy diet – put good fuel in your body and you will keep it running for a long time