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Being Happy Is Good for You: Are You a Happy Person?

Living 2012/04/18 21:00:00
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Are you the kind of person who walks around with a smile on your face, and always sees the glass half full? Well, it turns out, being happy is good for your health. A Harvard review finds that being upbeat and optimistic might help protect against heart disease, The Associated Press reports.



Lead researcher Julia Boehm found that optimism is a particularly key trait, as several studies found the most optimistic people had half the risk of a first heart attack when compared to the least optimistic, the AP reports. Another reason to look on the bright side!

Boehm found that people with a better sense of well-being tend to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and are more likely to exercise, eat healthier, get enough sleep and avoid smoking, the AP reports. Being a negative person, on the other hand, can cause stress that can damage the arteries and the heart, research has found.

The only problem we can find with this review? It's easy to be happy when you're ... happy! When you're in love, you like your job, you can pay your bills -- suddenly, you're going to the gym and avoiding junk food. But it's hard to be happy when life isn't going so great. But why not try?
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  • Daryl 2012/04/18 21:25:18
    Yes
    Daryl
    +8
    Yes.

    Happiness is a decision.

    I have not always been happy but I found that even when I was laboring under a great burden I have always had the opportunity to be happy.

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  • MiinaNiemi03 2012/04/19 17:15:05
    Yes
    MiinaNiemi03
    I don't have reasons to be unhappy.
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/04/19 16:46:31 (edited)
    No
    Rebel [SHP]
    Not especially. I'm stuck in the military, and I'm in a job that I hate, and I'm tired of being told to either suck it up or that it'll get better. Life sucks.
  • cybernestical 2012/04/19 16:33:58
    Yes
    cybernestical
    I always make that happen.
  • Nintaku 2012/04/19 16:24:57
    Yes
    Nintaku
    I'm happy enough.
  • Fenabarb 2012/04/19 15:47:57
    Yes
    Fenabarb
    try to be most of the time
  • Erik 2012/04/19 15:03:36
    No
    Erik
    not anymore:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
  • baby shaker 2012/04/19 14:40:26
    No
    baby shaker
    +1
    can you not tell?
  • Elz 2012/04/19 14:27:04
    No
    Elz
    +2
    sometimes i smile but i wont say i am the happiest person in the world.
  • Jen 2012/04/19 14:21:42
    No
    Jen
    Melancholic!
  • baxter 2012/04/19 14:20:04
    Yes
    baxter
    +1
    IT wont be nice if you were sad all the time
  • kmay 2012/04/19 13:15:08 (edited)
  • Black_Rose 2012/04/19 12:30:08
    Yes
    Black_Rose
    +1
    I'm always a happy person
  • AN 2012/04/19 12:26:26
    Yes
    AN
    I'm ok... i guess
  • Flea 2012/04/19 12:19:50
    Yes
    Flea
    +1
    Actually as of Monday, when I had a most amazing spiritual experience....
  • Corsair 2012/04/19 11:07:07
    No
    Corsair
    I'm okay.
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/04/19 10:50:15
    Yes
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    +1
    Always good for happy and everyone ishappy
  • Maya Zauberman 2012/04/19 10:48:05
    Yes
    Maya Zauberman
    Middle. Not extremely happy, but not extremely sad either
  • Hot Wheels 2012/04/19 10:40:18 (edited)
    Yes
    Hot Wheels
    +1
    Yes I am a happy person. I am also a caring person too.
  • jenna 2012/04/19 10:22:04
    Yes
    jenna
    yes
  • Lonely girl 2012/04/19 09:05:51
    Yes
    Lonely girl
    +1
    Happy for the most part and I try to be possitive.
  • mike 2012/04/19 08:07:23
    Yes
    mike
    most of the time.
  • Little Fawn 2012/04/19 07:54:20
    No
    Little Fawn
    +2
    Nope. I suppose that's why I'm so unhealthy.
  • enlightened one 2012/04/19 07:47:52
    Yes
    enlightened one
    I sure try to be.
  • Юлия Чмелёва 2012/04/19 07:33:16
    Yes
    Юлия Чмелёва
    +1
    im sure i am ^.^
  • Vinny 2012/04/19 07:10:39
    Yes
    Vinny
    I'm a lot happier in my life now!!
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/19 06:29:48
    Yes
    nothingbutthetruth
    +1
    People always said to me, "you are always seems so happy and smiling like you never had a care." I just tell them thanks for the compliment, but they don't have no idea how many cares I do have at times. There is a song that goes, "the world didn't give it to me (meaning smiles) and the world cannot take it away. I guess I live that philosophy.
  • ZERO 2012/04/19 06:27:54 (edited)
    Yes
    ZERO
    That reminds me of a scene from a movie I saw once. Can't remember the name.


    Girl: [thick French accent] "Ah yes, a penis is very 'ard to find."

    Guy: ... [confused pause] ... "Oh, 'happiness', right, yeah very hard."
  • mydearfaty 2012/04/19 06:27:34
    No
    mydearfaty
    my phone is crazy... I mean Yes ' is there a way to be able to change our voteI
  • Nica24 2012/04/19 06:16:45
    Yes
    Nica24
    +2
    Very much!!! C:
  • Rave 2012/04/19 06:14:59
    No
    Rave
    +2
    I envy people who believe happiness to be a choice.

    Rather we're happy people or not, is 50% dependent on our genes, just as alcoholism, depression, schizophrenia can be passed on genetically, happiness can be passed on too.

    Now considering that both my grandparents committed suicide, my mom attempted suicide many times when I was growing up but has spent most her time in different mental institutions after that, I don't exactly expect myself to ever become the happiest person.

    I've struggled with depression myself before, and I've recovered, but recovery doesn't mean you're happy. It just means you're neutral. A study showed that most who struggled with serve depression do not become happy when they recover, they just become empty, not happy or depressed.

    Now I'd love to wake up one day and just feel happy like I used to be before my depression, but it doesn't seem to matter what I do anymore, I can be around friends, I can do things I enjoy, I can achieve good things but the feeling just doesn't come anymore.

    It's not that I'm dwelling on anything or trying to make myself miserable, it's just that I no longer feel things the same way anymore.
  • Little ... Rave 2012/04/19 07:56:52
    Little Fawn
    +1
    I'm exactly like you, how you said recovery doesn't mean you're happy and it means you're just neutral and all that.
  • acid 2012/04/19 06:14:07
    Yes
    acid
    most of the time
  • Amma 2012/04/19 06:12:03
  • Pops 2012/04/19 06:01:33
    Yes
    Pops
    Yes I have referred to it as happy...with benefits !
  • BigFig#9 2012/04/19 05:51:18
    Yes
    BigFig#9
    +1
    Hard to believe there's so many Happy People on Sodahead reading the posts.
  • Kar 2012/04/19 05:40:32
    Yes
    Kar
    +1
    Nobody can be happy all the time... we all have ups & downs... but i would say i'm happy most of the time :)
  • Red_Horse 2012/04/19 05:22:40
  • TheMadChameleon 2012/04/19 05:10:32
    Yes
    TheMadChameleon
    +1
    But not in the "always smiling and everything is perfect and life is dandelions and kittens!" sort of way. I am realistically happy.
  • some idiot who thinks he kn... 2012/04/19 04:54:31
    No
    some idiot who thinks he knows everything
    I am in my angry kid stage.
  • Pedalpusher 2012/04/19 04:33:53
    Yes
    Pedalpusher
    +1
    I refuse to dwell on things that get you down. I get mad and I get down at times but it's short lived as I fully believe that having a good out look is healthy for you. I give my problems to a higher authority!

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