My Happiness & Health is Linked

This is a short but interesting article I found that discusses Happiness and Health and how they could be linked. I know that my happiness and health are linked, as the happier I am, the better I can tolerate my medical health issues.

For me, it isn’t so much that I feel physically healthier, it is that I can tolerate it better when I feel good mentally. 

When I am in the depths of depression, I don’t want to move, so when I do, it hurts more. Just the thought of moving hurts. When you feel crappy inside, you will feel crappy outside. It takes more effort to do things as you feel so bad, about everything. When I am not depressed, I want to move, so when I do, I know it will hurt, but I can tolerate it better.

During the past few months of dealing with a broken ankle, I was better able to manage it, as I am not depressed. I know it is only temporary, and that by the time July comes and our road trip, I will be fine and can do it more comfortably. I had the patience to deal with it, as I feel good overall and knew I could. I have become confident once again in my ability to manage my life and what comes up within it. I am confident once again, in myself. 

Increasing my happiness quota over the past couple of years with learning to feel gratitude and mindfulness, has drastically increased my self-esteem and as a result, I am better able to manage stressful situations and even get over a smear campaign against me done by Tenant Bullies. I am doing it, every day, and it is easy for me now to let the negativity go.

As with anything, it is a progression. One thing leads to another and as time goes by, I am able to see, with the education I have gained, the true nature of this smear campaign and cyberbullying being done on and the other sites, more clearly.

Every day that passes, I become less and less interested in them and what they said and more interested in myself and what I think. I am focusing more on the future, not the past. 

I find it hard these days to write about Toxic Adult Bullies, as I have no interest in what they do in my name, as I am comfortable enough with myself, that I don’t feel the need.  We all know by now it isn’t me writing that site and I never gave them permission either to use my name. Even though is still registered for use for another year, and even beyond, it is going to their old content on the Internet Archive and I don’t mind that. It is old news, almost 6 years old, and no matter if they change it, the situation is clearly over.

KR could put on a brand new site, with brand new content, and make up the most outrageous lies he can come up with and put it online in this domain, it won’t make any difference to me and my life.  Sure, they can make up more lies, but as with the lies they already told, they will get exposed too. In all this time, almost 6 years, KR has spewed his nasty allegations over many domains, not just one, on Facebook and other social media, and it never did stick as there is nothing to stick. He can keep spinning his wheels for the rest of his life, and waste money all he wants, it won’t make any difference. I know that now.

I have learned that the accusations that Toxic Adult Bullies have accused me of, are one of the most falsely used allegations ever against someone, that of racism. It is everywhere online these days, to the point that Countries are making new laws to address them!

I also learned that it takes a lot more than a domain online in my personal name, written by an anonymous person, for someone to believe I am a racist person. It takes a lot more than one lone Tenant making an accusation against me too for them to be believed, especially in face of evidence that they filed with Human Rights and totally ignored the hearing scheduled to talk about it after 19 months of the process.

They spent 1 year and 7 months on a process and decides to walk away after all that. No one spends all that time on something only to walk away when the end was so close, not when he felt so confident he could prove his case, as he wrote about. Nah, KR ignored the hearing with HRTO, as he was afraid of it turning around on him.

KR screwed himself and boxed himself in, with his own words I saved online, and there he will stay. Change or no change, his time is done.


  • A study that manipulated people’s happiness with an intervention revealed that happiness and health are positively related.
  • In the study, increasing people’s happiness both increased feelings of health and decreased feelings of sickness.
  • Increasing people’s happiness, however, did not affect objective measures of health according to the study in a 3-month period.

There is a lot of evidence that happiness and health are linked. In general, people who are happy are also healthier than those who are not happy. The problem is that it is hard to know whether being happy leads to better health. Perhaps people who are unhealthy have a harder time being happy than those who are healthy. Perhaps people who are healthy engage in more behaviors that lead to good long-term health. Perhaps being happy makes you feel healthier.

Research on health and happiness

To explore some kind of causal relationship between health and happiness, it is important to find a way to manipulate people’s happiness so that it can be studied experimentally. That approach is the one taken in a paper in a 2020 issue of Psychological Science by Kostadin Kushlev, Samantha Heintzelman, Lesley Lutes, Derrick Wirtz, Jacqueline Kanippayoor, Damian Leitner, and Ed Diener.

These researchers tested a group of 155 adults. Half were given a 12-week positive psychology intervention that taught a variety of techniques that help improve people’s happiness including mindfulness meditationgratitude, and developing better social relationships. The other half were in a wait-list control in which they were told they would be getting the happiness intervention later, but did all of the measures at the same time as the individuals who went through the training.

During the training, the researchers measured people’s judgments of happiness as well as measures of how healthy they were feeling. They also took some measures of physical health including blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). These subjective and objective measures of health were also taken three months after the positive psychology intervention was completed.


The intervention worked as expected. By the end of the program, the happiness of the people who went through the intervention increased significantly, but the happiness of the people in the wait-list control did not change substantially.

Both by the end of the program and three months later, the people who went through the intervention felt healthier and experienced less sickness than those in the control condition. In addition, as the program was going on, week-by-week increases in happiness led to increases in feelings of health and decreases in feelings of sickness.

Interestingly, the positive psychology intervention did not influence any of the measures of physical health. That is, blood pressure and BMI did not differ between the groups.

This pattern of results suggests that (at least over a six-month period) instilling a higher level of happiness causes people to feel healthier and to experience less feeling of sickness compared to people who did not go through an intervention aimed to increase happiness.

What is less clear from these findings is exactly how increases in happiness change the experience of health. At least over this time period, happiness does not change basic objective markers of health. It might just make people feel better so that they do not experience feelings of sickness. It is possible that happiness influences the ability of the body to fight disease.

It is also possible that long-term effects of happiness on health might have a different cause. For example, happier people might be more willing than unhappier people to engage in healthy behaviors like eating well or exercising or may engage in fewer self-destructive behaviors like excessive drinking or smoking.

Finally, it would be interesting to see whether long-term differences in manipulated happiness influence physiological markers of health in addition to subjective judgments of health. It may be that the study period was just too short to see physiological changes or that other mechanisms kick in when people are happy over a longer period of time. It would also be useful to see whether manipulations that increase happiness also lead to more behaviors that are healthy for the long-term.

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