Ah...man's knowledge, always trying to catch up with God's....
Happiness may be good for your health
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A happy heart just might be a healthier one as well, new research suggests.
In a study of nearly 3,000 healthy British adults, lead by Dr. Andrew Steptoe of University College London, found that those who reported upbeat moods had lower levels of cortisol -- a "stress" hormone that, when chronically elevated, may contribute to high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and dampened immune function, among other problems.
In the study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who reported more positive emotions had lower blood levels of two proteins that indicate widespread inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to a range of ills over time, including heart disease and cancer.
Researchers have long noted that happier people tend to be in better health than those who are persistently stressed, hostile or pessimistic. But the reasons are still being studied.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22, KJV, emphasis mine)
Isn't it interesting to watch 21st century man discover principles that God set in motion in the Garden...
At Granny's House, we've long known that laughter is one of the elements that has "glued" our family together, and we do a lot of it. Turns out it may be keeping us healthy as well. If you're interested in more:
Laughter "boosts" blood vessels
Links found between happiness and health
Laughter is the best medicine for your heart
The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter