Happiness…What actually is happiness? And how do we get it? Happiness can be experiences that are achieved through a self-gratifi cation approach, or associated with experiences related to a deeper sense of purpose and personal growth.
In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 people found that happiness and emotional validity – a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance, appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The protective effect was distinct and measurable, even when taking into account such wholesome behaviors as not smoking and regular exercise.