For your health.
Now, I’m the type of girl with a very – let’s say ‘readable’ face. If I’m happy then you know it. Boo yah. (Hands are clapping.) Of course, this applies to everything. And, every emotion. This is also why I don’t play poker. Or lie.
True story: I dated a guy once. And, in our lovely (ha!) decoupling process I tried a half-truth. I shouldn’t have. He called me right out on it. (Good for him!) I shouldn’t have gone into the opaque truth territory. That never makes anything better. Just less excusable. (Hint: Everyone knows better.) But, it’s hard when you have no clue who a person is anymore… Hard but not excusable. Forgive me.
But, back to my point…
(Yes, I have a point today!)
Smiling happy face. 🙂
Recent studies show that optimists are less likely to have strokes and other major de-habilitaing diseases. Turns out the happy is good for the health!
Maybe when we are positive we just like ourselves more. Maybe you think optimism is phony- like Splenda. Hmpf. Still, perhaps, it’s about the result. Like Marina used to say: ‘Perform how you want to feel.’ (The implication was that eventually you would feel it.) She would tell us skaters this in an effort to cultivate levity. Although, full disclosure, I think some skaters just wanted to feel sexy ;). Nonetheless, the joy is the point. Optimists have been shown to have a higher correlation with happiness and a health-promoting lifestyle.
To quote: “People who have high optimism may engage in a healthy lifestyle that minimizes health risks and increases health and well-being. Perhaps, when people have a positive outlook on life, they undertake actions more likely to produce good outcomes.” (Source)
So today, put on that happy face with you favorite kicks! Because really, why not?!