Are You Happy?
Even though they smile at work or tell you how great their life currently is, people still ask others and even themselves if they are happy. What does that even mean? Facebook has even made it possible for a user to post how they are feeling as part of their status. Well, if it is on the internet then it must be true, right? Well, it could be true. But just in case it is not, and you are one of the unhappy, depressed, or faking happiness, you could be in for a real surprise physically in the long run. Real happiness has healthy benefits and can help us be more productive in our place of employment whether we are the employer or employee. Here are some reasons why you should take your happiness seriously and the benefits that are involved.
A recent resurgence of studying the physical effects of happiness has become a growing field of academic and medical curiosity according to Elizabeth Scott, M.S. Stress Management Expert for Stress.agbout.com. In her article How to Use Positive Psychology for Stress Management she credits the birth of this study to Martin Seligman, Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology and author of Authentic Happiness. Seligman writes in his book, “Experiences that induce positive emotion cause negative emotion to dissipate rapidly. The strengths and virtues . . . function to buffer against misfortune and against the psychological disorders, and they may be the key to building resilience. The best therapists do not merely heal damage; they help people identify and build their strengths and their virtues.” In other words, a happy co-worker or boss will be stronger in their ability to produce valuable work than someone of the negative persuasion.
If You’re Happy and You Know it, Improve Your Health
Dr. Anjuli Srivastava writes for ABCNews’ Health Blog. In his article How Happiness Affects Your Health he cites General Hospital’s Dr. Malissa Wood of Boston, Massachusetts. Wood’s says, “Women in a happy heart study became happy and content while improving their heart risk.” In the same article Srivastava says, “Happiness has been correlated with better health, both in individuals and communities. Some studies have even suggested that states of happiness may be associated with lower stress-related hormones and better immune function.” Overall in the article he concludes that the measurement of one’s happiness is very subjective but that this idea does affect our overall health for good or bad.
Is it in my Head?
From Sharecare.com’s article Happiness and your Health some scientists conclude that happiness is purely mental and barely affects our body, but “both psychical health and emotional health influence happiness. Mood disorders diminish quality of life even more than chronic physical ailments, such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.” Having physical ailments may affect how you do your job. Your attitude can determine how you deal with ailments and lead you to a quicker recovery.
We all may like a little sympathy from time to time. Too much can be detrimental though and you may find yourself getting dragged down as well. Try this idea the next time you see a coworker that looks down or not feeling well. Don’t draw attention to the obvious, they already know they don’t feel well. Instead, just simply offer to help out with whatever task needs done, drop off a cup of their favorite daytime beverage, throw them a compliment, even something as simple as a friendly smile can be the right dose of medicine.