Happy and healthy
While it’s widely agreed that stress can cause poor health, Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist and professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Adult Development study—one of the world’s longest studies, which began during the Depression in 1938—found the opposite is also true. Happiness promotes good health, and the quality of our relationships is key. “How happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” Waldinger says. “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too.” Don’t miss these 13 things psychologists wish you knew about happiness.
Drink plenty of water
The human body is around 60 percent water, and it’s important to keep it that way. The negative effects of dehydration range from plain old bummers, like stress and difficulty concentrating, to physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. Drinking water regularly keeps the mind clear and the body energized. If you have trouble remembering to sip water throughout the day, try drinking full glasses on a timer to keep your fluids in fighting form. And avoid the liquids that actually dehydrate you.