Abuja – Dr Jacob Nwachukwu, the President, Blood Pressure Control Foundation Nigeria, has advised Nigerians to cultivate the habit of being happy, saying it could normalise blood pressure.
Nwachukwu in Abuja on Thursday in commemoration of the “International Day of Happiness ’’ said that one should endeavour to be happy.
He said that in spite of the challenges of life, it was important to find ways of being happy for one’s health benefit.
“Happiness should be an everyday thing and not once in a while and doing positive things that will make you happy, but it is not by going to beer parlour or eating foods that are not healthy.
“Being angry, quarrelsome will trigger some level of stress and even increase one’s blood pressure, everyone should be careful,’’ he said.
Nwachukwu said that if one was unhappy or having challenges in life, “and shares it with your closest friend instead of keeping it within you, it breeds happiness.’’
Nwachukwu said that hypertension was the most common stress-related ailment that affects many silently.
He said that hypertension was a chronic medical condition in which the pressure of blood in the arteries was elevated.
“Being too happy cannot trigger blood pressure, instead it will normalise and the body system to be calmer and stabilise emotions.
“I want everyone to associate with groups or individuals that will make them happy, be cheerful and have friendly countenance always,’’ Nwachukwu said.
He said that the “World Happiness Day’’ which is celebrated every March 20, was meant to enhance people’s well-being and recognise the relevance of being happy.
Nwachukwu advised that the day should be celebrated appropriately as it reflects on the society.
Also, a clinical psychologist, Mr Adedotun Ajiboye, said that happiness existed where security was assured.
Ajiboye, who works with Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, in a telephone conversation with NAN, said that when there was peace there would be happiness.
“When things are going the way it should; no killing here and there automatically happiness will be sustained.”
According to him, happiness is an expression of positive emotion or feeling; one is happy because of the good things happening around the person.
“But when things are not going the way it is supposed to be, there is a possibility that it will affect happiness.
“When the environment is not giving you what you expect then, it will affect the mood and when the mood is affected, it can lead to depression.
Ajiboye also noted that sustained depression or regular unhappiness could lead to some form of mental disorder like depression.
He said that it could also lead to health issue like high blood pressure, if sustained more than necessary.
The International Day of Happiness has been celebrated throughout the world since it was established by the UN General Assembly on June 28, 2012.
The International Day of Happiness recognises the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.
The online dictionary, Wikipedia, describes happiness as a mental or emotional state of well-being characterised by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. (NAN)