A smile and laughter can be contagious; they can also lead you into a healthy lifestyle. A new study shows that a major part of being healthy is being happy.
"If people are not emotionally healthy, it impacts their blood pressure, it impacts their blood sugar, it impacts how they handle problem solving, it impacts their executive functions like time management," Pat Lindemann, Avera Behavioral Health Out Patient Therapist said.
If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, Lindemann says, you should indulge in what makes you joyful, either big or small.
"If walking around the parking lot makes you feel good, do it, if listening to a Van Morrison song makes you smile, do it, if calling your granddaughter makes you happy, do that," Lindemann said.
Lindemann says good sleep, eating well, and building strong relationships can also keep you happy. What makes one person happy is as individual as people themselves.
"I have wonderful children and grandchildren and they are a great source of my happiness also and I just take joy in God's creation and the beauty of the world," Betty Vawter said.
"Waking up every morning with my wife, that makes me very happy," David Kinney said.
Lindemann explains that if you can’t seem to find happiness, a forced smile can turn that around.
"Smiling doesn't only express happiness, but it can create happiness as well," Lindemann said.
inney says he has a lot to smile about, and that keeps him healthy day by day.
"Happiness, you glow. You have a sense of wellbeing, you have a sense of everything is right with the world and that's the only way to be," Kinney said.
Lindemann says that unhappy people have a few things in common, they don't have pets, they don't have close relationships, and they don't like their jobs. She says simply changing those parts of your life can turn your happiness around.