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 told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday to commemorate `World Happiness Day celebration’, in spite of the challenges of life, one should always be happy. March 20 is celebrated globally as the international day of Happiness.
“Happiness should be an everyday thing and not once in a while and doing positive things that will make you happy, 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 ones blood pressure, one should be careful.
“If one is unhappy or having challenges in life, try and share it with your closest friend instead of holding it in because it has adverse effect on the health,’’ he said.
Nwachukwu said hypertension was the most common stress-related ailment that affected many silently. He said hypertension was a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries was elevated.
“One being over happy cannot trigger blood pressure instead it will normalise the system, will make one calmer and stabilise emotions.
“I will encourage everyone to associate with groups or individuals that will make you happy, be cheerful and have friendly countenance always,’’ Nwachukwu said.
He said that the `World Happiness Day’ 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.
The day recognises that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all people.