Shawn Achor, an expert on happiness, outlined evidence-based daily habits to improve happiness in his TED talk in February 2012.
Be grateful for three things every day, using a journal, meditation, exercise and random acts of kindness. Random acts of kindness (preferably anonymous) are increasingly recognised as contributing to one’s own happiness, and therefore reduce stress. Listen to Shawn.
The best stress reducers
I have always maintained that the best stress reducers are meditation and exercise.
Increasingly I think it is also important to look at how we live our lives – and what our priorities and goals are.
It is an opportune time of year with Christmas coming to reflect on the health benefits of stress management and happiness.
Stress management and alterations of cancer producing genes
Interestingly, the only publication I have come across that looks at stress management and alterations of cancer producing genes was from Prof Dean Ornish, an American cardiologist, who has two publications showing reversal of coronary artery disease and reversal of size of prostate cancer (as well as switching off of prostate cancer genes in the latter group) with a plant based diet, exercise, meditation and stress management.