If you’re new to the ginger family, perhaps you may not be aware that ginger has many health benefits. One of the most important benefits of ginger is the anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger helps relieve inflammation, especially of the joints. For this reason, ginger can be taken for arthritis as well. Here are some of the other health benefits of ginger:
Ginger has an anti-inflammatory component known as gingerol. The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger contain an ingredient called gingerol, which acts as an anti-oxidant. The anti-oxidant properties of ginger inhibit the formation of nitric oxide, which is a chemical reaction in the body that contributes to pain. Nitric oxide is believed to be responsible for the relaxation and pain relief caused by NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications). In a May 2021 study from the University of Beijing, researchers reported that drinking ginger tea every day helped reduce the number of chronic inflammation markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), in the blood of laboratory mice. In addition, ginger and its derivative compounds, also called gingerols, were found to reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the mice’s blood.
Research from the SRI International in the year 2021 reported that eating foods that have been indicated for lowering cholesterol and decreasing blood pressure may help lower the amount of circulating inflammatory chemicals. These results suggest that consuming ginger or taking supplements of ginger may help lower the levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body. A number of supplements are now on the market that contain ginger.
The question ‘what is happiness?’ has been asked many times throughout history. However, the answer remains elusive. Many people agree that happiness is a state of the spirit, a happy disposition or an inner sense of wellbeing. However psychologist and social scientists have sought to define happiness much differently, often with disappointing results.
The word happiness is typically used in the context of emotional or mental states, such as pleasant or positive feelings ranging from elation to extreme happiness. Happiness is also used in the contexts of life happiness, subjective well Being, eudaimonic, flourishing and overall well being. The dictionary definition of this word also makes reference to contentment, enjoyment, cheerfulness and happiness. The state of happiness, as understood by most psychologists and social scientists, involves the feeling of worth, of being content, that something is right and that there is something more out there than what we have here. According to this view, happiness makes us fulfilled and that there is some kind of ‘balance’ in life, which can be described as a happy medium between the pressures of modern living and the joy of living in a natural environment.
However there are many other definitions of happiness and they differ because they relate happiness to different human needs. As an example, happiness could be associated with the promise categories of material possessions, companionship, affection and time, while others relate it to the achievement category of success. In general, then, there are six basic human needs that are included in defining what is happiness for each individual.
The first two human needs, as suggested by the definition above, are pleasure and commitment. Pleasure relates to the sensual aspects of life, which includes things such as food, drink, clothing and other pleasurable experiences. Commitment is related to forming long-lasting relationships and responsibilities, which could be family, friendship or work. Satisfaction, on the other hand, is related to achieving goals and achieving satisfaction. Finally, the sixth basic need, time, is associated with our ability to enjoy life, which can include opportunities to travel, to do things we love and to spend leisure time.
So, what is happiness then? To answer this question, one must speak not only to the definition of happiness but also to the human needs that make us tick. The second basic need, for example, makes us want to eat, sleep and breathe. Satisfying this need would then lead to a fulfilling and contented life, which would ultimately lead to happiness. On the other hand, achieving this goal would then lead to the third basic need, which is to live well. This then would guarantee the fourth basic need, which is a sense of accomplishment and the fifth basic need, which are personal fulfillment and the sixth basic need, which are social fulfillment.
Happiness therefore is when your life fulfils your personal needs and your basic emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. Happiness is therefore not just about experiencing pleasant feelings, but having positive experiences and outcomes. A happy life is therefore all about having as many pleasurable and rewarding moments as possible. It makes us feel good, see good and do good, whether physically or mentally.
For so many centuries, philosophers, psychiatrists, sociologists, and even psychologists have struggled to define the seemingly difficult to define concept of happiness. From where does happiness begin and end? And can confusion on how humans perceive happiness be the cause for the previous mention of the emotional increases in the number of sad people? Is happiness really an emotion or simply a state of mind? To answer these questions, we must first understand what exactly is meant by the word “happiness”.
According to Webster’s dictionary, the word “happiness” means “exquisite delight”, “pleasure attained without effort” or “having great pleasure”. All definitions suggest that happiness is a positive emotional state and not necessarily an outward show of wealth, fame, romance, etc. Some definitions are more specific by suggesting that true happiness is reached when there is no struggle, no need for material possessions, no limitations to your creativity or personal growth, no physical illness and no negative interactions with other people. However, this definition is the most narrow since it only requires enjoyment of one’s personal relationships. The other two definitions, being more specific, imply that happiness must also be attainable through accomplishment of one’s career, health, or spiritual wellbeing. The three definitions all support the general idea that happiness is not a subjective feeling but a state of one’s affairs.
In addition to the above mentioned definitions, many psychologists and other researchers have concluded that happiness is actually a biological function of the brain. There is a neurotransmitter called serotonin that is primarily responsible for regulating moods and assisting in focusing your attention. However, other neurotransmitters also contribute to our moods as well. Neurotransmitters like dopamine are released when you are happy or sad. Other neurotransmitters that affect a person’s happiness include epinephrine, glutamate, acetylcholine, GABA, and serotonin.
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