Centenarian studies have shown us that centenarians are typically positive, happy and extremely satisfied with their lives.
In the New England Centenarian study, only 4 of 74 centenarians showed signs of clinical depression on the Geriatric depression scale.
Chronic depression and anxiety are major risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some kinds of cancer.
Chronic stress has been associated with high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol
The burgeoning field of positive psychology now shows us that we can learn to cultivate practices that can increase the levels of oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins and encephalins. These are happy hormones that boost mood and general well-being.
Following are some practices that increase the release of the happy hormones
A gratitude practice: Every night writing three good things that happened during the day
Spending time with friends and maintaining close ties with friends and family
Being engaged in a hobby
Having a purpose
Spending time in nature
A routine for eating, sleeping, exercise
Look out in the news blog section of this website for links to more practices