Research now proves that some of life’s simplest pleasures have immunity boosting powers. So here’s what you’re doing right, even though you may not know it. This comes from Fitness magazine:
- You go out two or three nights a week with your friends. According to the University of California at San Diego, people with six or more close friends tend to weigh less, have lower rates of smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and depression than people with fewer friends. Need another reason to hang with your homies? People with a large social network have low blood levels of a protein linked to Alzheimers, arthritis, and cancer. Why are friendships so powerful? Because they reduce your stress – which can a positive ripple effect on your overall health. Want to top that: Go away with your friends. People who take at least two trips a year are less likely to be tired, depressed, or tense.
- You rented School of Rock again. Go ahead and crack up. As we’ve said before, laughter can be as healthy as exercise. According to the British Medical Journal, watching a funny movie makes your blood vessels expand, allowing blood to flow more freely. Want to top that? When you’re having a gnarly day at work, visualize your favorite comedy. Studies show just thinking about something funny can lift your mood by increasing your body’s production of endorphins by 25%.
- You take your lunch break. It may seem like you’re really putting your nose to the grindstone when you work through lunch. But a 15 to 20 minute break outdoors is a smarter move. The sunlight will boost your mood, making you more productive for the rest of the day. And you’ll get your daily dose of vitamin D, which helps prevent heart disease. Wanna top that? Spend your 20 minutes outside strolling instead of sitting. That’ll reduce your risk of heart disease by another 35%.