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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Finding Joy - It's Not Just a Scam: The Physiological Benefits of Finding Joy

The holiday season is upon us, and while it's a time of cheer for many, it can be a tough period for some, especially for anyone facing the challenges of cancer. But guess what? Finding joy isn't just some cheesy slogan - it's a scientifically proven way to boost your well-being, both mentally and physically. So, let's dive into why embracing joy can make a difference for you this holiday season!


Boosted Immunity: Did you know that joy can actually give your immune system a serious power-up? When you experience happiness, your body releases feel-good chemicals like endorphins, which reduce stress and increase the production of antibodies. So, think of joy as your shield against those pesky colds and infections!


Reduced Stress Levels: Dealing with cancer is incredibly stressful. When you experience joy, your body releases less of the stress hormone cortisol, which can help lower your blood pressure and improve your overall heart health.


Enhanced Pain Tolerance: Believe it or not, joy can be a natural painkiller! Those lovely endorphins we mentioned earlier? They also have the power to block pain signals in your brain. So, by seeking out moments of joy, you're not just making yourself feel better emotionally, but physically too.


Now, we're not saying that finding joy will magically make everything sunshine and rainbows. Cancer is tough, and it's okay to have those tough moments. But by actively seeking out joy, you're giving yourself a powerful tool to help navigate these challenges.


So, how can you find joy this holiday season? It doesn't have to be a grand gesture. It could be as simple as enjoying a cup of your favorite hot beverage, listening to your go-to playlist, or spending quality time with loved ones (even if it's virtually).


Remember, joy isn't a scam - it's a superpower! Embrace it, cherish it, and let it be your companion through this holiday season and beyond.


Sending you all the love, light, and joy in the world!


With warmth and positivity,

Lisa




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