Two Kinds of Happiness (One Is Bad for You)

Adapted from Deepak Chopra

People who know me well will tell you that I am highly skeptical of the fields of psychology and even more so of Deepak Chopra, but this is the one time that I find value from both.

The field of positive psychology took a step forward with a new finding about happiness and our genes. In the past, genes were considered to be stable and fixed in how they affect the body, but now that the human genome has been mapped, this view has radically changed. The chemical activity of genes, known as genetic expression, is altered by many factors. It's highly likely that genes are so fluid, in fact, that genetic expression changes according to a person's thoughts, feelings, and moods. If that's true, then saying something as basic as "I'm happy" could need genetic verification. Words are just words, but your genetic-expression profile is a fact.


Why is exercise so important? There are quite literally thousands of research studies that show the benefits of exercise. Many people think that because they have a certain diagnosis, they shouldn’t exercise. Sorry, but you can’t use that excuse. Whether you have arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer – whatever the diagnosis – exercise will help you to feel better and contribute to your body getting better.


You’re also never too old to exercise. Exercise helps keep your joints moving and your muscles strong. It improves your ability to do daily activities. It increases your energy. And it is an absolutely fundamental part of any attempts to lose weight.

And the benefits of exercise aren’t solely physical. Exercise also has psychological benefits. There are many research studies that have demonstrated improvements in depression and anxiety with regular exercise.