International Day of Happiness is observed every year on March 20 by the United Nations ‘as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.’ The United Nations understands the importance and the ‘relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world,’ according to information on the United Nations website. The UN also explains that observance for the International Day of Happiness began after a ‘resolution was initiated by Bhutan, a country which recognized the value of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National Product.’ In its seventh year now, the theme of International Day of Happiness 2019 is ‘Happier Together.’ You may have come across the popular phrase that happy people are healthy people. But did you know that there is actual scientific evidence which supports this fact? Here are ways in which happiness can bring along good health:

Healthy heart: According to a study, happiness can help you gain more coping skills, reduce stress levels and increase the heart rate.

Better immunity: Another study showed how a feeling of happiness helps a person live healthy, with lesser chances of falling ill.

Lower blood pressure: Dopamine, the happiness hormone, has the ability to lower blood pressure, showed a study. The happier you are, the more the levels of dopamine in your body. This has a blood pressure-lowering effect in the body.

Stress relief: Dopamine is also credited for its stress and depression-lowering properties. This is because the production of dopamine helps keep your brain healthy and active.

Here are simple ways to be happy and healthy:

  1. Exercise: Working out or moderate physical activity for just 2-3 hours every week can help you be happy. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones. These hormones block negative feelings like sadness and depression and make you feel euphoric.
  2. Diet: What you eat can massively impact the way you feel. Ever noticed how a meal full of greasy fat makes you feel dull? On the contrary, a meal that’s full of fresh vegetables and fruits can make you feel healthier and put you in a good mood. Several scientific studies have shown that a good diet definitely makes you happier. In fact, there is a close relationship between nutrition and depression. A diet high in calcium, chromium, iodine, iron, lithium, selenium and zinc will help you stay happy and healthy.