Get up, stand up, don’t worry, be happy!
By Kelly Farris, ACSM CPT
Owner of Ladies Workout Snellville
There is evidence that indicates that subjective well-being causally influences both health and longevity. Subjective well-being refers to people’s evaluations of their lives, which can be judgments such as life satisfaction, evaluations based on feelings, including moods and emotions. (Diener and Chan, 2011).
Happy people might be adding 4-10 years to their lives in comparison to unhappy people. Additionally, happy people tend to lead more enjoyable lives.
Be happy and live a better, longer life.
That sounds simple. Yet, we all know there is little about our lives that is simple. Many of us have stresses and worries that seem to pile up and up. Chronic stress and worry can have ill effects on our sleep and our immune systems. Once we upset that foundation, things can start to feel like they are spiraling out of control. All is not lost, we just have to figure out ways to facilitate happiness in our lives.
I am lucky to be in a line of work where I see this notion in action. Exercise may be our most effective instantaneous boost for happiness. A review of over 50 studies confirmed there is sufficient evidence to show a single session of exercise can improve mood and improve mental well being. I see the evidence every day in my training clients.
Exercise makes you feel good! Happier! More confident! It is the most under utilized antidepressant in the world and its virtually free. Go out there and get you some!
If a weight problem has you down, try to avoid what is often referred to as “food happiness”. This should extend to limiting going out to eat as well as cooking for others. Women in particular seem to center on cooking skills and find happiness there. Backing away from this could prove difficult, especially if you derive joy from the act of cooking or baking.
If cooking is part of how you show love for your family and it makes you happy, give your recipes healthy makeovers. The internet is a treasure trove of healthy substitutions. If you are baking to give to others, make sure not to over-sample along the way and get it OUT OF YOUR HOUSE as soon as possible. Don’t let it sit around and tempt you.
We have already established exercise as a given. Now, find other activities you look forward to. Pick up a new hobby. Volunteer. Make time to spend with your friends. Spend quality time with your family.
While connections with other people are vital to our well being, don’t look for others to complete you. Despite this being the plot line for every guilty pleasure romance novel.
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