Generally speaking, people who have a good sense of well-being can also stick to their routine and habits, especially their exercising and dieting routines – these are also the people who usually get enough sleep through the night. These studies have also concluded the fact that people who are optimistic are far more likely to engage in healthy behaviors, given the fact that they often regard them as a means to a purpose, or as a way to achieve their life.
In addition to the fact that happy people find it easier to stick to their positive routines and to reach their goals in life, the same studied have also shown that happy and optimistic people are more likely to have healthy blood fat profile, to have a lower blood pressure as well as to maintain a normal body weight in the long run. All these three aspects are essential for staying healthy over the years – however, it is also important to understand that the type of happiness you are experiencing is equally important for your overall health and state of mind. Even though the studies are relevant, the truth is that they are only based on association, without providing too much factual information – there is no hard evidence of cause and effect. Even so, many researchers have claimed throughout the years that a positive state of mind does eventually reflect on the body by simply reducing the damaging physical processes and increasing the positive processes.
It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact source of happiness – for many people, happiness simply comes from within and they are inherently happy regardless of the environment that surrounds them. For others, it is a matter of genes, while other people’s happiness simply comes down to their environment. Nonetheless, according to Nancy Segal which is a psychologist at the California State University, there seems to be strong evidence suggesting the fact that genetics do play a very big role in happiness. The same research has shown that identical twins are more likely to have a relatively similar state of mind and level of happiness, which is even closer than that of regular fraternal twins.