Eating at least eight portions of fruits and vegetables every day will keep you more cheerful and optimistic about the future, scientists say. Although it is not known exactly how fruits and vegetables improve well-being, they contain chemicals known as antioxidants, which are thought to reduce stress levels.
Watch a 'feel good' movie
In a recent article entitled, The Pursuit of Hopefulness: Operationalizing Hope in Entertainment Media Narrative
, published in Routledge journal Media Psychology,
watching a feel-good movie can release positive emotions and make you happy. So, the next time you hear about an uplifting movie in the theatres be sure to book a ticket.
Exercising can make you happy
The brain releases endorphins when we exercise and this not only makes us upbeat but also our body feels light and fresh. After sweating it out in the gym or playing a sport, we let go of toxins from our body. Regular exercise goes a long way in keeping various ailments at bay.
Can being unhappy cause high blood pressure?
When you experience depression, anxiety or stress your heart rate and blood pressure rise, there's reduced blood flow to the heart and your body produces higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Over time, these effects can lead to heart disease.
Does emotion affect blood pressure?
Your reaction to stress may affect your blood pressure
Your body produces a surge of hormones when you're in a stressful situation. These hormones temporarily increase your blood pressure by causing your heart to beat faster and your blood vessels to narrow.