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How to be Happier During COVID: Decades of Science Shows That Gratitude, Love, and Connection Can Save Your Life

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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:58 pm

With no vaccine or drug that reduces symptoms readily available to help the body combat COVID-19, social distancing and self-isolating is one of the most effective measures of prevention to ensure that hospitals don’t become overwhelmed with sick patients.

But the methods most readily available to help reduce the stress and anxiety resulting from seriously difficult times—an embracing hug, seeing friends, or visiting parents or grandparents—are exactly the things we’re told not to do.

There are other options, however—and over 50 years of documented research suggests that we can reduce symptoms of anxiety, and even physical pain responses, by doing them.

In a meta-analysis looking at a half-century of research, scientist found that both the act of smiling and seeing smiles can actually make people happier. Try it right now for yourself.

In another pilot study, scientists confirmed that altruistic acts—like charitable actions towards neighbors or strangers, altruistic giving, or donating blood—can actually reduce the physical sensations related to pain.


https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/science-says-you-should-say-happy-during-covid/

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Post by Cass on Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:57 pm

Interesting article. Thanks Didge.

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