Unity has known and taught for over 100 years that our emotions can affect our physical health, either adversely or positively. Research has now proven that happiness not only improves our physical health, but it makes us more likely to succeed. That research also shows that unhappy employees take more sick days, staying home an extra 15 six days a year. Studies have also determined that happiness functions as the cause, not just the result, of good health.
Often, we think and say, "I will be in a better mood when I feel better." The research tells us, though, that we have to look at the cause of our illness, not just the effect. In one study, researchers gave subjects a survey designed to measure levels of happiness - then injected them with a strain of the cold virus. A week later, the individuals who were happier before the start of the study had fought off the virus much better than the less happy individuals. They didn't just feel better, either; they actually exhibited fewer objective symptoms of illness as measured by doctors - less sneezing, coughing, inflammation, and congestion.
So, the old lyrics, "Forget your troubles, come on, get happy," may have been the pest prophylactic medicine ever! Join us this Sunday as we discuss "Healed, Whole, and Healthy."