Poor health can cause unhappiness and poor health increases mortality. Previous reports of reduced mortality associated with happiness could be due to the increased mortality of people who are unhappy due to poor health. Also, unhappiness could be associated with lifestyle factors that can affect mortality. [¹]

If they ask you. What do you prefer, to be rich or to be happy? Would you have a clear answer or would you doubt your answer? We talk to you about the repercussions on the body that unhappiness causes so that you always answer “ be happy ”.

Physical problems caused by unhappiness

Living in a state of unhappiness affects our health, while an optimistic and cheerful attitude is directly related to having an enviable health , since it  can help prevent the development of diseases such as depression , stress, insomnia , or levels inadequate cholesterol and anorexia.

Depression can occur in association with virtually all other psychiatric and physical diagnoses. Physical illness increases the risk of developing severe depressive illness.

And this is due to the relationship between the stimuli that our brain generates on the body. Thinking positive helps heal us. The brain secretes serotonin and oxytocin, substances related to happiness. A person who feels happy, upbeat, and cheerful is less likely to be sick. Health is closely linked to happiness. So when we feel unhappy our body suffers. 

 Stress and anxiety can cause unhappiness

When we feel unhappy we can suffer from “emotional hunger”. We eat compulsively in order to forget about that hard moment we are going through, even if we don’t really have an appetite. Or we go to the opposite side and do not eat a bite because the stomach is closed by nerves or sadness. In this way, emotions harm our body through insufficient or bad food intake.

Problems of distancing yourself from others

What happens when we are left alone? When we do not have friends, family or anyone with whom to spend our time not voluntarily but because life has chosen it that way, and loneliness is present in our days, a deep feeling of unhappiness invades us. And this leads to suffering from diseases such as anxiety or depression. But it also leads to cardiovascular disease because when we feel unhappy we do not want to go out and exercise and we do not care about food.

The consequence in sedentary lifestyle and overweight problems. Because when we are unhappy we interact less, we withdraw from society and spend more time locked up at home or in front of the television and we do not have the courage to even love each other a little more.

Problems at work

What happens when we don’t like the work we do? If you are developing the profession that you like the most, you will do your job with energy and you will perform better by being more productive and having a better mood every day. The brain generates endorphins that make us feel better. But getting up early to do a soporific job, which we hate, or with people we can’t stand makes us fall into unhappiness and dissatisfaction.

We do not feel comfortable, we are not comfortable with the work we do, and anxiety and loss of sleep begins . And it is already known that the body needs to rest. In addition, the brains of people who suffer from insomnia are more sensitive to the effects of cortisol , a stress hormone.

To this is added that when we do not sleep enough, brain volume is reduced, decreasing cognitive performance. Sleeping little is directly related to premature aging of the brain and therefore means being more exposed to diseases such as Alzheimer’s .

Problems with family and our relationships

What happens when we lose our partner? Thinking of that person generates sensations in the brain that simulate physical pain. We are heartbroken and unhappiness suffocates us.

We feel hatred, resentment, pain, frustration and we lose our appetite, our self-esteem if this person has left us for another, or we enter a process of depression. While having a relationship makes us feel happier and with the desire to live.

Seek your happiness and stimulate your brain to be happy.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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