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Monday, October 06, 2014

Happy!

Kurious Kitty is back from a brief hiatus and ready to get back to blogging. While I was away, I read somewhere that people who self-identify as being happy for at least a few minutes each day, live longer.

Of course, now I can't find where I read it, but, there are plenty of articles discussing research that supports the idea that happy people are better off health-wise. Here's something from the Harvard School of Public Health:
Keys to a happier, healthier life

Research suggests that certain personal attributes—whether inborn or shaped by positive life circumstances—help some people avoid or healthfully manage diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and depression. These include:

            Emotional vitality: a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness, engagement

            Optimism: the perspective that good things will happen, and that one’s actions account for the good things that occur in life

            Supportive networks of family and friends

            Being good at "self-regulation," i.e. bouncing back from stressful challenges and knowing that things will eventually look up again; choosing healthy behaviors such as physical activity and eating well; and avoiding risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, drinking alcohol to excess, and regular overeating

One of the easiest ways to put me in a happy state, is for me to watch a film. I'm not talking about a inane slapstick movie (although that may work for you), but rather a movie that is light-hearted, but not necessarily sappy. Here are just a few of the films that make me happy:

American Women. [DVD AME]

The Commitments. [DVD COM]

Happy Texas. [DVD HAP]

An Ideal Husband. [DVD IDE]

Waking Ned Devine. [DVD WAK]

What movies make you happy?


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