A recent study by US researchers concluded that simply being happy and remaining generally positive in life, may help to ward off heart disease.
Meanwhile, another study – this time conducted by scientists at Tel Aviv University – has revealed that happily married men are 64% less likely to suffer a stroke than single or unhappily married men.
The logical – and unsurprising – deduction from the results of both these studies is that happiness is good for your heart. Just “be happy”, and your chances of living longer will increase. But is it really that simple?
Staying happy at all times would be no problem if everything in our lives ran smoothly from sunup until sundown, and we were able to spend our days on a permanent spa break, without a care in the world. However, as most of us inhabit planet earth rather than cloud cuckoo land, life doesn’t tend to be all plain sailing.
Most of us confront a multitude of stressful situations over the course of our lives – be they impossible deadlines to meet at work, unexpected family crises, financial worries, health scares (our own or loved ones). The list of possible stress-inducing factors seems to be endless…
So how, amidst all the tensions thrown up by modern-day living, can we ensure that our lives are still as happy as they can possibly be? Well, a good starting point is to take good care of your most important asset(s): yourself and – if you’re lucky enough to be one of those happily married man referred to in the Tel Aviv study – your wife!
This doesn’t mean you need to buy the love of your life a diamond ring every day – she only has ten fingers, after all. A more realistic – and affordable – alternative would be to surprise the lovely lady in your life with a treat that’s certain to make her happy. And when it comes to treats, a romantic spa break certainly fits the bill.
Spa breaks are fabulously flexible, allowing the two of you to spend as much or as little time in each other’s company as you like by day, before sharing a romantic meal in the evening – the perfect chance to exchange notes on your spa experiences as you dine on the finest, not to mention healthiest, of fare.
Afterwards you may choose to enjoy a gentle evening swim in the candlelit waters of the luxurious aquamarine spa lagoon – or, if it’s summer time, a gentle stroll round the gardens at dusk is always a pleasant way to finish the day.
By booking well in advance, you’ll have plenty of time to do your homework and find out about the cornucopia of opportunities open to you at your spa destination. You can plan your spa visit down to the finest detail, choosing the beauty treatments and leisure activities that most appeal to each of you.
There are few things more likely to make us happier than spending time with someone we love in calm, serene surroundings of a spa, being pampered and indulged at every turn. This is where a spa break really comes into its own.