Essay on Personal Statement : What Do You Mean?
Introduction: From the time we are born, most of us are encouraged to practice being happy. What do I mean by happy? Well, Dictionary.com defines the word as 1. Delighted, pleased or glad, as over a particular thing, 2. characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy: 3. favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky: 4. apt or felicitous, as actions, utterances, or ideas. True happiness I believe is a combination of the 2nd and 4th definitions. It is where contentment meets actions.
I. People need to be happy
A. Happiness adds to overall health (In her online article published on Greatergood.berekely.edu, Kira M. Newman discusses health benefits to being happy. She states that happiness has both physical and mental health benefits
1. Physical health
a. Heart health – begins with Happiness protects your heart “that happiness predicts lower heart rate and blood pressure.”
b. Immune system health - Goes on to say “Happiness strengthens your immune system” Studies have “found that immune system activity in the same individual goes up and down depending on their happiness.”
2. Mental health
a. Lowers stress hormones - states that one study shows “happiest participants had 23 percent lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than the least happy, and another indicator of stress—the level of a blood-clotting protein that increases…