Is happiness really all in your head?

Happiness may be a question of attitude.

As much as we focus on the physical aspects of aging longevity, the way you feel on an emotional level can substantially affect whether you age gracefully or not. Thankfully, many of the behaviors that promote our body's well-being have been shown to provide a boost in mood, like regular exercise and the consumption of nutritious omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, two recent studies have shed light on how willing yourself to feel good may help achieve this goal as well.

This week, ScienceDaily covered new research indicating that actively choosing to engage in behaviors that encourage happiness – and consciously focusing on improving mood – actually could produce positive results.

One of the studies discussed by academics Kennon Sheldon and Yuna Ferguson in an article for The Journal of Positive Psychology involved recruiting participants to listen to upbeat music for an extended period of time. A portion of individuals were asked to concentrate on becoming happier as they did so, while another segment was not. The individuals who were told to focus on this goal ultimately enjoyed to the most substantial boost in mood, the researchers stated.

"[Our] results suggest that without trying, individuals may not experience higher positive changes in their well-being," Ferguson and Sheldon explained in their piece.

Having a positive attitude has long been seen as a way to improve medical outcomes, and this research indicates that it can truly impact daily life as well. However, if you have physical concerns about aging that are keeping you from feeling your best, don't hesitate to contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America today. We offer treatments including bioidentical hormones in Houston to help you feel yourself again.