Abuja – Mr Adedotun Ajiboye, a Principal Clinical Psychologist with Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, says happiness prolong life while sadness could lead to premature ageing.
Ajiboye said this in an interview in Abuja to commemorate the International Day of Happiness.
This year’s theme is: “Happier Together: Focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us’’.
He said from a mental health perspective, happiness could be classified as positive or healthy emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
“An individual will experience good mental and emotional wellbeing when happiness or joy is given a chance consistently.
“Many studies have linked positive emotions like happiness with better health, longer life and better quality of life.
“On the other hand, negative emotions such as chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood…