Do happy people live longer? According to a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happy people have a 35% lower risk of death.
Other studies confirm it: happy people are less likely to develop cancer or serious illness; happy people have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke; happy people maintain lung capacity and function longer. Plus, even the study Happiness and Longevity in the United States found that unhappy Americans were 14% more likely to die than their happy counterparts.
What does this all mean? It means that your happiness isn’t “just” about making yourself feel good. Self-care rituals and prioritizing your wellbeing daily isn’t an indulgence OR a luxury. It’s a necessity. When we’re happy, we don’t just live longer. We live better. We breathe easier, longer. We stay healthy, longer. That’s why in the month of August (National Wellness Month!) we are going to be focused on: spreading positivity; improving our own state of happy; passing on what we’ve learned to you; starting conversations about what happiness looks like to you; learning from you; and, most importantly, growing together.
National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines – everything Pildora stands for.
Painting a Picture of Happiness Today with Pildora’s Four Wellness Pillars
What are wellness pillars? Well, according to scientists, holistic health and wellness is composed of eight pillars: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental. Each of these 8 pillars is designed to give you a sense of how to work towards your optimal wellness.
At Pildora, the core of our wellness philosophy rests on 4 of these pillars: Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Environmental.
Physical wellness means taking care of your body inside and out, as well as giving your body the tools it needs to prosper daily. We take care of our bodies with daily movement and delicious foods that give us the nutrients needed to maintain energy, regulate sleep, and promote a healthy digestive tract.
Daily movement can mean so many things! It’s important to remember to call it that (versus physical exercise or even physical activity). The words we use to describe things can have a lot of power over us. Using the phrase ‘daily movement’ helps frame physical wellness as doable and when it comes to wellness, doable is a lot better than overwhelming. What does daily movement look like? It could mean: simple stretches, a 5 minute yoga routine, spontaneous daily dance sessions, a walk down the street, you name it. Our CEO, Christina Almeida, takes mini dance sessions to a whole new level by incorporating daily mantras with each dance!
Don’t forget that in order to move you have to eat! Delicious foods don’t have to be fried or processed to be tasty. The Pildora team has recently been loving:
- This recipe for yummy chocolate peanut protein balls.
- Supplemental tools we rave about including plant-based medicinal alternatives like Nootropics: ZZZ’s (a healthy sleep vitamin that promotes a natural, high-quality sleep).
- Bee Keepers’ B.Soothed Cough Syrup, a clean cough syrup (always made with nature’s most powerful science-backed defenders to help you bounce back!)
Emotional Wellness is the promotion of daily self-care and therapy. Taking a moment to ask yourself “What do I feel right now?” is essential for a positive mental and emotional health. Therapy also doesn’t have to mean hundreds of dollars spent talking to a professional. Journaling, taking a therapeutic bubble bath, lighting a candle and incorporating some kind of self-care activity that makes you feel like your best self – even talking to a friend (or to your pet!) counts as moments of reflection, deep self-care, and self-therapy. Masturbating, reading a book, binge watching your favorite tv show, whatever the act is – make sure to find time for your self-care. (And if you are interested in therapy but have held yourself back due to financial reasons, it would be worth your while to check out resources like BetterHelp or TalkSpace!)
Spiritual wellness is usually the pillar that is most popular. From yoga to meditation, spiritual wellness has been around for centuries and to us, it means listening more, sitting with feelings of fear and discomfort, and learning something new on a daily basis. Spirituality is a way to discover parts of yourself you never knew you had. This can be through breathing techniques, meditation practices, daily mantras and healing through crystals.
The famous saying “treat others the way you want to be treated” is just as important when it comes to animals. Environmental wellness means to seek education about the products you are using and how they affect animal livelihood. Environmental wellness means to be a conscious consumer. This doesn’t mean giving up meat or fish all together but instead try #MeatlessMonday or cutting meat out of just one meal a day. Small changes can truly make such a difference in an animal’s life and with that, the entire ecosystem that keeps the planet thriving for all life.