It only makes sense that happy people have healthier hearts – and that’s not new news. In Proverbs 17:22 it says that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” And Proverbs 23:7 says “For as a person thinketh in their heart, so is he or she.” There are many ancient teachings all telling us that happiness is a key to our health. One of the many great advantages to hypnosis is that it is a natural path to a merry heart and happy spirit. Skype hypnosis clients and clients in my Bainbridge Island hypnosis and Seattle hypnosis clients all learn the self-hypnosis and other tools to be more mindful that all help create a happy and healthier heart.

Do Happy People Have Healthier Hearts?

Optimism, Happiness Linked to Lower Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
WebMD Health News, April 18, 2012: Having a “glass half-full” outlook just might help protect people at risk for heart attack and stroke. In a newly published review from the Harvard School of Public Health, characteristics such as optimism and happiness were linked to a lower risk for heart and vascular disease.

Among people who had established risk factors for heart disease, those who were the most optimistic were less likely than their least-optimistic peers to have a heart attack or stroke. People who reported having a greater sense of well-being were also more likely to have healthier lifestyles, which could explain their better outcomes.

They generally exercised more, ate better, and got more sleep than people who reported having a more negative view of life, and they were less likely to have risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. This suggests that bolstering psychological strengths like happiness and optimism could improve cardiovascular health.

Optimism Can Be Learned

But can people who are not hardwired to be happy change their outlook to improve their health? While genes certainly play a role in disposition, behavioral therapy and other psychiatric interventions can help people improve their sense of well-being. Helping people become more optimistic is often a goal of therapy.

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“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
~ Charlie Chaplin

Yes, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine. If your heart is sad and your spirit is broken, self hypnosis may be what you need. You can learn optimism and you can learn to have a merry heart. If you would like to learn hypnosis to lift your spirits, let me know.

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