New scientific research proves that our emotions have a major effect on our health.
People who frequently experience many different types of happiness are more likely to live long, healthy lives.
Health begins in the mind.
Scientists previously proved that happiness makes you healthier.
Positive emotional energy in the mind produces positive results in the body. That’s why a positive mindset is not just good for your health; it can actually make you live longer.
Sound too good to be true?
Breakthrough scientific research has just proven that positive emotions lead to health. And what is staggering: People who experience a wider range of positive emotions are less likely to die.
New research from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences shows that there is a direct link between happiness and health.
Specifically, the more different types of happiness we experience each day, the longer we are likely to live.
People who experience many different types of happiness are healthier
In my ultimate guide to happiness I discussed how there are many different kinds of positive emotions.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences People found that people who experience many different types of happiness live longer.
The researchers analysed 175 people between 40 and 65. They asked how often the participants experienced different kinds of happiness in a 24 hour period. And they also asked how often participants experienced negative emotions like stress and fear.
The different types of happiness include excitement, amusement, and inspiration (you can see the full list below). And negative emotions include fear, sadness, and guilt.
To study the participants health levels, the researchers took blood samples and tested for inflammation markers (a key indicator of health and longevity).
The results showed that people who experience a wide range of positive emotions are more likely to have low levels of inflammation, which is one of the main causes of chronic illness and early death.
People who frequently experience a wide range of positive emotions will live healthier and longer lives.
Professor Ong, who led the study, tells THE DAILY MEDITATION:
“There are many kinds of happiness, and experiencing a diversity of emotional states might reduce a person’s vulnerability to psychopathology by preventing any one emotion from dominating their emotional life.”
“Our findings suggest that depletion or overabundance of positive emotions, in particular, has consequences for the functioning and health of one’s emotional ecosystem.
So: Experience a wide range of positive emotions and you will be healthy.
The 16 Types Of Happiness That Effect Health:
The researchers found 16 different types of happiness that effect health.
- Being at ease
Not feeling enough of these types of happiness? Use these tips for positive thinking so your mind produces happiness automatically.
Researchers also listed negative emotions that do not have an effect on health.
Negative emotions that do not effect health:
- Being scared
- Being afraid
- Distress Guilt
- Feeling blue
How To Experience More Types Of Happiness
People who experience more types of happiness are likely to live longer, happier lives.
Researchers recommend monitoring your positive emotions.
‘The simple daily practice of labeling and categorizing good feelings in specific terms may help us experience more differentiated emotions in different contexts,’ says Professor Ong.
When we label our emotions we become more consciously aware of our mental states. This in turn helps us to create more positive emotional states while reducing negative ones.
For thousands of years gurus have use one powerful exercise to monitor their emotions: Vipassana.
Vipassana is a meditation in which we label different emotions and sensations that occur in the body.
Take a look at this guide to Vipassana, so you can monitor your emotions and be happier.
The exercises we are about to do are based on Vipassana meditation.
Use this meditation to experience more types of happiness
Spend five minutes doing the following meditation. It will letyou experience more types of happiness.
1: Begin by focusing your mind on your breath. Relax.
Count your breaths up to 10. As you do this, consciously relax. You may continue focusing on your breath until you feel relaxed.
2: Let your body relax
Starting from the crown of your head, imagine all tension melting from your body. Continue all the way to your toes. You are now completely relaxed.
3: Be mindful of your emotions
How are you feeling? Label this emotion (use the 31 different emotions listed above).
4. Continue for 10 minutes
Continue to quietly observe your mind and label your emotions.
This simple technique will make you more aware of your emotions. It will lead you to experience a wider range of emotions.
5: Finish meditating and recall your emotions
As you meditate in the way described above, you will experience many different emotions. These emotions will rise and falls quickly. One moment you may experience gratitude, then excitement and so on.
Be aware of all the emotions you have experienced throughout this meditation.
6: Which emotions did you not experience?
Refer to the list of types of happiness, above.
How many of those types of happiness do you experience in a day? Which ones are missing?
Once you know which emotions you are missing out on, find ways to create them.
Let’s take a look at some ways to create each of these positive emotions.
How To Feel each of the 16 types of happiness
For general happiness, it’s best to start using the traits of positive people.
To feel each of the specific different types of happiness, try these strategies.
Strength: Read our guide to developing mental strength and happiness.
Relaxation: Spend a day at the beach (or if there isn’t one nearby, spend a day at the park).
Calmness: Practice Anapanasati.
Enthusiasm: Not experiencing enough enthusiasm? Book off one evening this week and schedule something you will truly enjoy.
Interest: Life not interesting? Go to the book store. Pick up whichever book fascinates you the most.
Determination: Find one project that you were unable to complete in the past. Remind yourself why you wanted to get it done. Go do it.
Pride: Write a list of 100 things you are proud of, things you have accomplished in your life.
Attentiveness: Ask to babysit for friends or look after a friend’s pets while they are away. You will be forced to be attentive to their needs.
Happiness: You’ve been sidelining your own pleasure. Time to change that. Do one thing you have always wanted to do.
Cheerfulness: Book a night out with an old friend.
Being at ease: Spend one afternoon somewhere relaxing (beach / garden / meditation studio).
Activeness: Get your yoga pants on and get sweating. Or go for a run.
Excitement: Do something you loved to do when you were a kid.
Amusement: You know that friend who always makes you laugh? Go visit them.
Inspiration: Visit a place of natural beauty.
Alertness: Meditate. (Specifically, practice open monitoring meditation. For a guide, see the first entry in our list of meditation technique in this guide).
Buddhist have a term for happiness. It’s called Dukha. And the opposite is called Sukkah (dissatisfaction).
One of the best ways to feel more satisfied in life is to experience more of these types of happiness.
The more we embrace positive energy and positive emotions, the healthier we become.
How many different types of happiness do you experience?
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