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5 Ways Happiness Affects Your Cellular Structure

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PREVENT DISEASE . COM

MARCH 25, 2016 by DR. MARIANNA POCHELLI

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http://preventdisease.com/news/16/032516_5-Ways-Happiness-Affects-Cellular-Structure.shtml
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There is an irrefutable argument in favor of happiness: Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand and scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer through enhancements of our cellular structure.
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"And yet there is mounting evidence that happiness might be at least as powerful a predictor, if not a more powerful predictor than some of the other lifestyle factors that we talk about in terms of cigarette smoking, diet, physical activity and those kind of things."
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1) Protects Our Heart . . . The initially happiest participants had a lower heart rate on follow-up (about six beats slower per minute), and the happiest participants during the follow-up had better blood pressure.
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2) Enhances Our Immune System . . .
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. . . After five days in quarantine, the participants with the most positive emotions were less likely to have developed a cold.
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3) Combats Cortisol and Stress
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. . . happiness releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) which has a protective and also reparative element to memory neurons . . .
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4) More Prone To Optimistic Thought Patterns
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5) Lengthens Our Lives
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I think this article is quite accurate and informative. If you know someone who is not aware of such factors, this is a great introductory article with a wealth of substantive facts.
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And, there's a fair list of sources at the end.
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Each of the above numbered items has at least 2 paragraphs of elaboration and explanation that are easy to read and understand.
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I no longer think there's any doubt. As The Book says: A merry heart does good, like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones. Prov 17:22.
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We can learn from such facts and improve the quality of our lives. Or, we can go our clunky ways and suffer accordingly.
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