How Happiness Affects Health

Sarah Tirri
September 9, 2019

It is an advantage to remember when trying to work out the spiritual basics of our existence here on planet Earth, that God, (the designer) did not create a random, unfathomable reality for us to live in, or some might say, survive in. For me, recognizing this potential allowed me to make an attempt at correlating the conditions of my inner-world and how it pertained to my outer-world in a way that was way more useful than had I have believed that life was just a crap shoot.

With the exception of karma related to a previous lifetime where you might have caused another to suffer, or the health mandates in your Lifeplan that you meticulously put in place prior to being born, consider this: The content of your thinking is ether negative or positive and perhaps your physical health is affected by this.

So, if the nature of this reality states that an unhappy mind (unhappy thoughts) produce an unhappy body (ill health) then the ball is very much is the mind of the beholder - wouldn’t you say? 

Happiness starts as a thought. Everything starts as a thought. You must know this in order to be happy, its fundamental, actually. You are able to control your thoughts consciously rather than letting them run roughshod all day long. It can be tricky at first but persistence pays off.  (For more on the mind, its purpose and endgame - download my novel, The Day She Cut God Loose on this site, or go to Amazon.com or listen to it at Audible.com.. It’s perhaps controversial, but highly entertaining, and because it will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand how powerful your mind is, you will never be the same after finishing it. I would love to hear from you if your life improves as a result of reading it. (It will.)

What are the Effects of Happiness?

  • You don’t get out of bed in the morning and think, “Jesus Christ, another day on planet Earth. I don’t know how much more I can stand.
  • You don’t brush your teeth wishing you were heading off to bed rather than heading off to begin a new day.
  • You don't have to fake a smile, your smile is genuine and you see the responses of others as genuine too.
  • Optimism is a byproduct of a happy mind and one of the implications of being optimistic arrives in this form: Your optimism about life strengthens your visions regarding who you are and who you might become. This is very good because you know you can be more than you are, that’s why you are reading this.
  • Happiness stimulates confidence. The attribute of confidence is attractive in a way that nervousness and inhibition are not. To be confident is to be mentally free to a large degree. Being mentally free can more easily happen when you upgrade your belief system regarding who you are and what God is.

Can Happiness Make you Live Longer? 

When I was a young lass, I worked for a year as a nursing auxiliary in England. My job was to care for the elderly and infirm. One man, Mr. Ellis, born in 1988 was 94, he was physically healthy, but a kind of intermittent dementia had diminished his capacity for independent living. On his ‘off’ days, Mr. Ellis would forget where he was, why he needed to be there, and why he should be there. He did not like being ‘steered’ or told what to do, and could be sneaky if he felt he needed to evade scrutiny. Consequently, Mr. Ellis would sometimes escape from the nursing home, and wander the neighboring streets looking for ‘something’ but he did not know what. When the police found him, which they invariable did, they would bring him back and Mr. Ellis would open the door of the police car and walk back inside the nursing home, disorientated but somehow relieved, and it didn’t take long for his appetite to grow, or his buoyancy to resume. Mr. Ellis’s brain was not functioning optimally, but according to the doctors his body was doing just fine. Mr. Ellis could walk for miles, and did indeed do so when he escaped. Mr. Ellis was skinny and fit, his cholesterol was low, his blood pressure lower, and his heart showed no signs of faltering. Mr. Ellis only took aspirin occasionally when he had a headache, and if he ever did have a pain it was something along the lines of an ingrowing toenail. Mr. Ellis could  do all the things a man half his age could do. Mr. Ellis had a good appetite, slept like a pharaoh, played the piano, bathed himself scrupulously, and according to the visiting doctor, “At this rate, this old geezer will live longer than Methuselah.” Mr. Ellis was living under the constant but intermittent pressure of a mind that kept forgetting, but he was not overcome by it. Can happiness make you live longer? 

One afternoon, Mr. Ellis came to visit me in the kitchen and helped me with the dishes. He really liked my cooking. Mr. Ellis talked to me about his life, his adventures during both world wars, his long marriage, his kids, his grand kids, his travels and the love of a God that made it all possible. Mr. Ellis did not have any gripes about any part of his life that I could tell, no enemies, no unfulfilled dreams, and no regrets. Mr. Ellis had always been happy, grateful and adventurous. Mr. Ellis sung to himself a lot. 

Mrs. Parkinson however was a different kettle of fish. She was 58. Her room was opposite Mr. Ellis’s across the hallway. Mrs. Parkinson was a manipulative old cow. No one liked her because she was unlikable. She complained about everything, it was almost a sport for her. She was always the first to alert me that Mr. Ellis was “on the loose.” I always thought she did this not because she was particularly concerned about his well-being, but because she was particularly concerned with the idea of tattle-tailing on someone. Mrs. Parkinson did not talk much about her life and very few photos of it were on display. She had very few visitors. Mrs. Parkinson griped all day long and sighed a lot.  She did not like other people, and when someone tried to please her she showed no signs of appreciation. Mr. Ellis picked her some flowers once from the garden. She bitched about them not having much of a scent.

Mrs. Parkinson was 58. Mr. Ellis was 91. Mrs. Parkinson lived until she was 59. Mr. Ellis until he was 97. Can happiness make you live longer? Mr. Ellis was happy a lot of the time. Mrs. Parkinson was not.

Happiness and Mental Health

As far as I can tell, happiness is the result of correct thinking. Every mood begins in the mind because emotion is birthed from a thought. I purport that if you shed the limiting belief that God is separate from His creations and replace it with the idea that we, His creations, are an aspect of Him, and are mentally creating physical reality, you will stand a much better chance of being mentally healthy and therefore happy...

Upgrading the premise of your existence with regards to who and what God is, is once of the most powerful things you can do for your mental health.

God's mind is manifest in each of us which means there is one mind common to all men, Emerson called it an Over-Soul, some call it the Holy Spirit, I refer to it simply as the soul-mind. We must have faith in the notion that we have access to the mind of God because we are emanations of the only creative force that exists and thereby possess that Mind.  And if from time to time, your faith should happen to waver, words like those of Robert Collier (1885-1950) are helpful:

“The Creative Force of the universe is working through you. You can be as great an outlet for it as anyone who has ever lived. You have only to provide the mold in which it is to take shape, and that mold is formed by your thoughts. Make it your dominant thought, magnetize your mind with it, and you will draw to you everything you need for its accomplishment. The whole theory is based on the assumption that the visible and the invisible are one of the same. Einstein, in the language of a scientist, said that energy and mass are equal and interchangeable. Thought, here, is the energy, and the effect of that thought becomes the mass or outer form appearing in our experience…”

Is Too Much Happiness a Bad Thing?

Kind of… When enlightenment has been achieved, (enlightenment being happiness, bliss, and all it derivatives which is a moment-by-moment condition and not an endgame) the enticements of the outer-world can lose their appeal.  We were not born to lay under a palm tree and stare at fluffy white clouds in a state of bliss week in week out, we were born to engage the world around us. Beware: Happiness in its most potent form can give rise to a beautiful apathy. This you must quash. I had to. My Lifeplan required it.

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