Research shows happiness - positive emotions that fill you with a sense of wellbeing and contentment - is protective when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Here are just a few of those benefits:
- When you feel happier, you see the world with more possibilities and become more open to what's around you - it's like moving to a better vantage point.
- It strengthens your immune system, makes you less likely to experience depression, reduces aches and pains, protects your heart, combats disease and disability and even means you live longer. Happier people are even seen as more likeable and approachable!
- It undoes the effects of stress, helping us recover more quickly, lowering blood pressure and risk for cardiovascular disease.
- Happiness also defuses difficult emotions - you can't feel positive and negative emotions at the same time (think of when you're able to look back at something tough and laugh!).
Although it might feel like happiness is down to what happens to us, research proves that as much as 40%* is linked to our intentional daily activities and the choices we make. Only 10% of our happiness is due to our external circumstances and the other 50% of our happiness levels is thought to come from our genes.
This means we can learn to be happier with practice (a bit like learning an instrument); and brain scans show that with these practices not only do we feel happier (and reap the benefits) but it even changes the neural pathways of our brain.
It’s this research that informs everything we do at Noodle.
Noodle focuses on what you can do to look after your mental health on a day to day basis. Sessions target intentional activities - your thoughts, behaviours and actions so you take charge of the 40% that is within your control.
MIND when your thoughts are onside everything becomes easier
BODY use the mind body link to your advantage
ACTION what you do is a really simple way to positively change how you feel
It’s pretty simple when you boil it all down. The way we think, our bodies and the day-to-day things we do are intrinsically connected to how we feel emotionally. When you do things that make you feel good and shift your mental focus to see what’s going well in your life it has a positive knock on effect on your mood.
We do have a choice in how we mentally approach life and Noodle shows you how. By regularly using Noodle you will:
- Understand how your mind works
- Feel happier, calmer and less stressed more of the time
- Develop a positive focus and recognise your personal strengths
- Build resilience in yourself and better navigate the ups and downs of life
- Break unconscious thinking patterns and behaviours that stop you living life to the full
- Manage small daily upsets, without them ruining your day
- Live a fulfilled happy life
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* Sonia Lyubomersky, Kennon Sheldon and David Schkade. Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change. Review of General Psychology. 2005, Vol 9, No.2, 111-131