In their book, “The Happiness Formula,” the authors Dr. David Puts, psychiatrist David Lopez, and psychologist Lee Manning, point out that the connection between physical health and happiness is tenuous at best. This conclusion is based on the research of Dr. John Gottman, who is a professor of human science at the University of Toronto. In an article in the March 2021 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, Gottman and his colleagues reported that there is no direct relationship between happiness and physical illness. They cited several studies that suggested that people who are happy are more likely to be healthier and that they tend to live longer than those who are not happy.
However, they went on to say that happiness and well-being are strongly influenced by a person’s expectations of how he or she will affect his or her life satisfaction and his or her future well-being. People who perceive themselves as happy are more apt to feel that they have a fulfilling life and to try to create that life as well as possible. Researchers have also linked the level of life satisfaction and health to a person’s attitudes and beliefs about himself and his relationships. Participants in a study were asked to rate their level of life satisfaction and their opinions on a variety of issues; those who were most happy with their lives were more health conscious and were more willing to exercise, smoke less, and eat a healthy diet. The attitude that you have toward your health and your relationships is likely to influence your health and your happiness.
In addition to these influences, the quality of relationships you have will also have an impact on your happiness. The researchers found that there is a strong correlation between happiness and life mastery; those who are happier are generally more successful in achieving goals, have greater social contacts, and are more satisfied with their marriages. Health and happiness go hand in hand for many, and this is a fact that should not be ignored. If you want to live a long, happy life, work on finding ways to make yourself and your life better.