Most people have no control over their emotional well-being. They feel ecstatic when good stuff happens and depressed when things go wrong. Their lives are roller coaster rides: sometimes up, sometimes way down.
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You’d stay calm when your car breaks down and your boss shouts at you. You’d stop feeling lonely when there’s no one to talk to on a rainy day. You’d never lose sleep over a relationship that isn’t working out. There is enough scientific evidence to prove that your dietary and fitness habits help you live longer and healthier too.
Here is how you can remain happy? 10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Stay Happy No Matter What Happens:
1. Stay Active
We all know that staying active is good for health and fitness. But did you know that it can add years to your life as well? Recent research says so. A study presented at the EuroPrevent 2019 revealed that if you move more, you will live longer, irrespective of your age, gender and fitness levels. The scientists found that simple activities like taking the stairs, walking your way home from the parking and cycling—are good enough to bring down your death risks and help you live longer. The reason is, all these activities boost your fitness levels.
2. Load Veggies, Fruits & Fish
If you fill up your plates with healthy options, you will have less scope of having foods that increase your risk of ailments associated with high mortality rates. Moreover, green veggies, fruits, and fish improve your overall health including your cognitive capacities. All these cut down your mortality risks.
3. Walk Fast
Your morning walk-ups many health parameters, starting from your cardiovascular strength to various other crucial bodily functions. Now, it turns out that you, it can make you live longer than you would, otherwise. However, the pace at which you walk matters in increasing your longevity or cutting your mortality risk finds a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The research, led by the University of Sydney, showed that walking at an average pace reduced 20 percent risk of all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace. The risk reduction was 24 percent when the study participants took to brisk walking.
The protective effects of walking pace were also found to be more pronounced in older age groups. Average pace walkers aged 60 years or over experienced a 46 percent reduction in risk of death from cardiovascular causes, and fast pace walkers a 53 percent reduction. So, speed up while you walk, especially if you can’t increase the duration due to time constraint.
4. Don’t make your intimate relationships the end-all-be-all
I used to think the person I was in a relationship with was there to give me my happiness rather than increase it. Happy people understand that those they are in a relationship with are an “addition to,” not a completion of them. They live full lives so that at the end of the day they have so much more to share.
A loving reminder: Don’t rely on your partners to shift your moods, heal you, or fill your empty spaces. And remember it’s not your responsibility to do that for your partner either.
Support is an important part of a relationship. We’re there on the bad days with compassion and a loving embrace. We’re there on the good days to cheer. But mostly, we rely on ourselves to give that to ourselves. We trust that our partners can wrestle with their own demons. We offer space for them to discover his or her happiness, while we focus on creating our own.
The survey examined the data of about 4,400 heterosexual couples for a span of 8 years. They were over the age of 50. These findings have been supported by another study published in the journal Health Psychology. It states that happy partners provide stronger social support and that plays a crucial role in increasing the lifespan of their spouses.
5. Do Fasting
While eating healthy on a regular basis revs up your health quotient, skipping your meals occasionally is also necessary. A study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research showed that intermittent fasting (skipping one day’s meal in a week) increased the longevity-boosting gene known as SIRT 3 after 10 weeks. The interesting part about this study was that the participants did not follow a particularly healthy diet. Feast and Fast diets including food items such as cake and bagels with cream cheese were included in this study.
6. Eat a Low-calorie Diet
Low-Calorie diet- A study published in the Journal of Proteome Research suggests that cutting down your calories can extend your lifespan. Overeating can lead to health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease which can shorten one’s life. The researchers found that calorie restriction had a much bigger effect on metabolic outcomes than the amount of fat in the diet.
7. Cycle Every Day
A study published in the European Society of Cardiology Congress marked out that French cyclists who participated in Tour de France generally had a better lifespan as compared to their non-cycling peers. This study was carried out on 786 cyclists who took part in the race at least once during 1947 and 2012. Another research conducted among Copenhagen cyclists mentioned that the pace at which you pedal can also determine how long you will live. Fast pedaling increased the lifespan of the cyclists by 5 years as against those who pedaled slowly.
8. Reduce Multimedia Session Time
If you are elder than 25 years, you need to reduce the time you spend in front of your TV screen. Research from the University of Queensland, Australia, found that people who watched TV for six hours a day on an average died five years earlier as compared to those who didn’t.
9. Go Outdoors
In the course of a study published in the journal American Geriatrics Society, daily habits of over 3,000 adults between ages 70 to 90 were monitored for more than 25 years. The researchers divided the subjects into three groups, based on how often they step outside their homes; every day, 2-5 times in a week and less than one time during a week. The mortality assessment showed that the people who left their home daily reported a lower risk of death as against those who rarely stepped out. The outcome of the study was consistent even after factoring health issues such as diabetes, visual impairment, and heart diseases. Several other studies have also shown that spending time outdoors can reduce your stress levels and enhance your mental health, leading to better longevity.
10. Don’t compare
Comparison has been compared to a little death. When we compare ourselves to others, we harm ourselves. Happy people know that they’re no better or less than another person. Someone will always be at a “more evolved place” and someone will always be “less-evolved.”
(With inputs from ANI)