A new study has found that positive thinking and happy life as well as maintaining body weight can help college students lead a healthy life.
Researchers unveils that happy people always stay healthier, enjoys lower blood pressure and less depression and anxiety as compared to others.
Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US and Fudan University in China has started learning the impact of the body mass index (BMI) and weight on the physical and mental health of college students.
An associative professor at the University of Michigan, Weiyun Chen says the study concluded that a positive outlook and BMI both contribute significantly to good health among college students.
As part of the study, team of researchers asked 925 students to rate four indicators of psychological well-being: hope, gratitude, life satisfaction and subjective happiness. They also asked participants some questions regarding their sleep pattern and quality. The questions were asked to analyze the physical and mental well-being of the participants.
On combine level, four psychological variables and BMI had 41 percent impact and on individual level subjective happiness had the most significant impact, followed by hope, and then BMI.
In view of the intense academic pressure Chinese college students face, Chen said she was surprised by how many number of students rated themselves happy and healthy.
“It’s not just fitness; it’s a variety of things so you can meet different people’s needs. They realized that emphasizing only academics isn’t good for overall health, and those they needed to emphasize the wellness part,” she said.
The study published in the Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research, demonstrates that universities should creatively organize wellness programmes and centers that maintain body weight and mind.