By Sophie Addison (see below for more information)
The concept of well-being encompasses a lot of things, including an excellent physical and mental health. Nowadays, positive psychology is a field, in which researchers occupy themselves with finding out what makes people truly happy. At the same time, they dedicate a genuine amount of time to finding out how important is the physical exercise for the general well-being. This is the science behind exercise and happiness, as you will be able to discover below.
- Form durable and close friendships to live a long and happy life
It has been confirmed that people who can form and maintain durable, close friendships, are also the ones who live a longer and happier life. According to positive psychology specialists, it is not the number but rather the quality of friends which matters. Sharing one’s personal feelings ensures the closeness of that relationship, especially when making a reference to less comfortable situations (you do not want only to share the good things). At the same time, being interest in your friend and his/her experiences is a great way to maintain that friendship for a long time to come.
- Having a purpose ensures your mental health
A wise person once said that life is meant to be lived, being formed by a series of experiences, which are more or less meaningful. However, you cannot hope to go through life without having a purpose and be happy at the same time. As humans, we are driven by planning and fighting for something that we want to achieve. So, if you have a purpose, you will also keep your brain young and active. You won’t have to worry how to improve memory, as the focused brain will not experience any decline. Moreover, by maintaining a good state of mental health, you will be happier.
- Be kind, show empathy
Kindness should be a quality that everyone expresses but, unfortunately, many of us are afraid to let the guard down. When you show kindness and compassion to other people, you are bound to forget about yourself and understand that we all matter, as human beings. So, start slowly. Do random acts of kindness, volunteer at a shelter or visit a senior’s home. You will see that kindness has a wonderful effect on you as well, lifting your spirits and helping you find a purpose. Moreover, you will discover that empathy has a tendency to stick, so you will effortlessly begin helping others as well.
- Seek out the deeper meaning of life
We live in the age of speed, and we tend to work more than it is necessary, dedicating very little time to our souls and us. Spirituality will most likely become a forgotten thing in the years to come, but it is up to each of us, to set some aside and seek out the deeper meaning of life. We have all been put on this planet for a greater purpose, perhaps to help others, or to invent a new product/service. What matters is that you return to spirituality and meditate, trying to think less about material things and more about life, its meaning, and happiness.
- Physical exercise is a cornerstone for the general well-being
Compared to other generations, we have access to a wealth of technology. We spend a lot of time on the computer, use a smartphone, and we are permanently connected. All of these things might be beneficial but, at the same time, they have made us sedentary. Regular physical exercise is a cornerstone for the general well-being, reducing the risk of depression and, at the same time, helping one fight against different types of arthritis. The more active you are, the more reduced the risk of chronic conditions is going to be.
- Work on yourself
As adults, we have the tendency to think that our job is done. We are all grown up; we know who we are and what we should do. However, the job of discovering yourself is never done. You can always find out new things about your person, abilities, and skills. You can learn and make new discoveries about your strengths and virtues, things that will help you be happier in the long run. What matters is that you do not give up on yourself and keep on working, perfecting things as you go along.
- Positive thinking can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being
A negativist will always say the glass is half empty. The person with a positive mindset will not only say that the glass is half full, but he/she will also appreciate the presence of the glass in general. Numerous psychologists have confirmed that positive thinking can do wonders for a person’s physical and mental well-being. This is because, when you learn to think positively, you will also discover gratitude. Your mindset is no longer concentrated exclusively on material things but rather on emotions, sense of self and hope in general.
This is the science behind exercise and happiness, based on the positive psychology approach. As you have seen, it matters a lot to be physically active, to work on yourself and be kind to other people. As a general recommendation, it might be a good idea to spend less time in front of the computer and go out in the open, fresh air, interacting with other people or even taking a stroll by yourself, thinking about the deeper meaning of life.
This guest post was graciously provided by Sophie Addison. Sophie is an enthusiast blogger and writer. She is very passionate about writing general health and fitness. She has posted articles on skincare problems, joint pain treatment, weight loss and woman’s health. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening to music. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.