Why Happiness Can Lead to Good Health
Happiness is connected to health. Have you ever heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine”? This is because positive emotions can impact your self-esteem, perspective and help you live longer. Happiness is important because it provides life satisfaction and can help you cope with life and prevent disease. There is a lot of evidence that shows that people who are unhappy have higher rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. These states can lead to chronic health conditions by eventually weakening the immune system, increasing inflammation and causing more psychological health problems.
A Case Review:
Monica is a 52 year old female who first came to see me in June 2013. She presented with concerns of low energy and hyperpigmented skin changes. She had a past medical history of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She had tried a multi-vitamin with iron, different lotions and creams and even tried laser therapy and chemical peels; none of these therapies worked! She was an accountant at a large scale accounting firm and reported she was stressed out a lot, not resting enough, fatigued all the time, and starting to have symptoms of menopause. She was a single mother raising two teenagers and did not have any energy for them at the end of a workday. She did not make time for self-care and nurturing relationships. Her initial blood work showed elevated thyroid antibodies, seasonal allergies, iron deficiency anemia, elevated blood glucose levels, and low cortisol levels. Her treatment plan consisted of supplements, natural thyroid hormone replacement and lifestyle suggestions for self-care to improve cortisol and stress levels. Another recommendation I had suggested to her was to slow down instead of speed up. This involved cutting back a day from her work to focus on nurturing herself and her relationships. Within 6 months of this recommendation, she had cut back to working 4 days per week. As a result, she had more time to focus on working out, eating properly, enjoying time with her kids and also reported that she was in a new relationship that was going well. Life was much happier for her. At her next follow up appointment her most recent blood work and all her results showed optimal iron, blood glucose and cortisol levels and her Hashimoto’s antibodies were in remission. In addition, her dermatological conditions cleared up. The treatment protocol was exactly the same as it had been for years and the only thing that changed was mental, emotional and social health which were aspects in her life that were inhibiting her from wellbeing.
What can you do today to help you live Well and be Happy?
I call them the 3 S’s:
- Simplify your life – roles, tasks, time
- Spend more time with family and friends
Sometimes it is nice to check in with someone to help you analyze why your health is not where it needs to be and the obstacles to making you happy. If you have a friend who would like to take a total approach to health and well being, please have them come in for a consultation so we can help guide them to a life of health and happiness.
Dr. Linda Khoshaba has been practicing as an Associate Physician at Integrative health for 5 years. She specializes in treating Hashimoto’s and Graves thyroid disease, Adrenal Dysfunction and Hormone imbalance in both men and women.
She believes that you have the potential to achieve optimal wellness and vitality. This is why she chose to become a physician that focuses on identifying and treating the root causes of chronic disease. She treats each patient by focusing on the entire physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social aspects of health. Dr. Khoshaba works everyday to empower people, patients, and communities to engage the healing power of the body. She is dedicated to getting her patients to live vibrant lives!
Dr. Khoshaba is a naturopathic primary care physician, leader, speaker, educator and advocate in her field. She received her Doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to moving to Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Khoshaba completed her Master’s Degree in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University in London, England where she focused mainly on patient self-management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. She completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (Honors) at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.