THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER 845
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program™
CHOLESTEROL: Plant sterols from rice bran oil lower total serum cholesterol levels by 5% and LDL cholesterol levels by 9%.
DEPRESSION: Exercise is a viable, and at least as equally effective, alternative to traditional drug therapy for depression.
DRUG DANGERS: The use of anti-fever drugs such as aspirin and acetaminophen may prolong influenza A and possibly other viral infections.
RESPIRATORY: High carotenoid and vitamin E levels have been associated with significantly improved lung function in the elderly.
SUGAR: Excess sugar in the bloodstream stimulates the generation of free radicals, which can lead to blocked arteries, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes.
HOW TO BE HAPPY
A variety of studies consistently show four traits that characterize happy people.
1) Happy people like themselves. They have high self-esteem and usually believe themselves to be more ethical, more intelligent, less prejudiced, better able to get along with others and healthier than the average person.
2) Happy people have a sense of personal control. Those imprisoned in nursing homes, severely impoverished or subject to autocratic regimes, or who feel themselves victimized by everyday life circumstances which they do not feel they can control or alter, are less happy people.
3) Happy people are optimistic. They have a view to the future and are creatively attempting to model their life in such a way as to accomplish some good and secure peace and more happiness for the future.
4) Happy people are social people. Extroverts are happier than introverts. Married people are usually happier than single people. People who belong to groups, clubs or other activities that result in social supportive engagement are happier.
I might add that the achievement of any of the above four goals is not possible if health is not present. Additionally, doing something in your life to maintain or better your health will give an important sense of control and "superiority," both of which are important ingredients of happiness.
Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.