A Trick To A Happy Life

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AG­ING is a nat­u­ral part of life. As we age, the ca­pac­ity of our body de­clines. Our health tends to de­te­ri­o­rate. Hence, nu­mer­ous re­search stud­ies to lessen pos­si­ble ill­nesses brought about by ag­ing have been con­ducted over time.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion men­tioned that the fac­tors that shall de­ter­mine our health later in life in­clude what we eat, how phys­i­cally ac­tive we are and our ex­po­sure to health risks such as those caused by smok­ing, harm­ful con­sump­tion of al­co­hol and ex­po­sure to toxic sub­stances. Aside from that, a key to a longer, health­ier and hap­pier life: GOOR RE­LA­TION­SHIPS.

A Har­vard study (The Har­vard Study of Adult De­vel­op­ment) which was con­ducted for al­most 80 years, re­vealed a sur­pris­ing find­ing that close re­la­tion­ships, more than money and fame, keeps peo­ple happy hence pro­tect­ing them from life’s dis­con­tent­ment. This in turn aids in the de­lay of mental and phys­i­cal de­cline. So the more sat­is­fied the per­son with his re­la­tion­ship at age 50, the health­ier will he be when he reaches the age of 80.

More­over, mar­i­tal sat­is­fac­tion has also a role to play with peo­ple’ mental health. Those who have happy mar­riages do not have mood swings even when they are suf­fer­ing from se­vere phys­i­cal pain while those who have un­happy mar­riages feel more emo­tional and phys­i­cal pain. Also, women who feel se­cure with their part­ners are not only less de­pressed but also have bet­ter mem­ory func­tions than those with fre­quent mar­i­tal con­flicts.

Last but not the least, warm re­la­tion­ships equal to a longer and hap­pier life. Ac­cord­ing to the study, smok­ing and ex­cess al­co­hol con­sump­tion were avoided by peo­ple who lived longer and en­joyed sound health. Re­searchers also found that those with strong sup­port ex­pe­ri­enced less mental de­te­ri­o­ra­tion as they aged.

Hence, good re­la­tion­ships do not just pro­tect our bod­ied but our brains, too. Good re­la­tion­ships do not have to be smooth all the time. It does not mean never bick­er­ing with each other from time to time but it is hav­ing the feel­ing that one could count on the other when the go­ing gets tough. Ca­rina May So­ri­ano An­to­nio

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