You May Also Like

Well+Good - 5 ways to wear a bodysuit off-duty á la Taylor Swift

5 ways to wear a bodysuit off-duty á la Taylor Swift

Broccoli powder in coffee is the new alt-latte

Matcha, beware: Broccoli brew is the newest type of green alt-latte to hit the coffee scene

Avocado toast nutrition explains why we crave it

Finally, the scientific reason behind your to-the-core love of avocado toast

Tiffany's Graduation Gift Guide

9 invaluable gifts for recent grads (that they’ll *actually* like)

Waitlisted ThirdLove bra expands to 70 sizes

Oh, snap: This bra with a waitlist of 1.3 million proves inclusivity is in demand

sia cooper of diary of a fit mommy

I’m a famously fit mom—and was shamed for it

Why smiling for your flu shot could keep you healthy throughout the season


Thumbnail for Why smiling for your flu shot could keep you healthy throughout the season
Pin It
Photo: Thinkstock/Money Business Images

When you know a flu shot is coming your way, you’re probably bracing yourself for the jab rather than dancing in circles with excitement. And it makes sense—who likes getting poked by needles anyway?

Well, according to a new study, it might be time to turn that frown upside down, because, reportedly, being happy on flu-shot day could make the vaccine more effective.

After measuring 138 people’s moods, physical activity, diet, and sleep three times a week for six weeks, researchers found the only factor that predicted how well the vaccination worked was the subject’s mood: The happier and more positive a person felt, the higher levels of infection-fighting antibodies they had in their system.

“A number of psychological and behavioral factors such as stress, physical activity, and diet influence how well the immune system works, and these factors have also been shown to influence how well vaccines protect against disease.”

Vaccinations’ “Achilles’ heel is that their ability to protect against disease is affected by how well an individual’s immune system works,” study author Kavita Vedhara, PhD, said in a press release. “We have known for many years that a number of psychological and behavioral factors such as stress, physical activity, and diet influence how well the immune system works, and these factors have also been shown to influence how well vaccines protect against disease.”

So if you’re feeling down the day your flu shot is scheduled—or just really, really hate needles—try spending some time with your super-positive friends before heading to the doc. Because, putting a smile on your face might just be one of the best (and easiest!) ways to fight off infection.

Here’s how you can boost your immune system using only your breath. And if you’d rather eat your way toward a flu-free season, stock up on these options.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

The ultimate summer self-care day

Your guide to the ultimate summer self-care day

Natalie Portman's vegan wings on 'Hot Ones'

Natalie Portman dropped 4 healthy truth bombs while eating so-spicy-she-cried vegan wings

Try this healthy pie crust recipe for breakfast

Eat pie for breakfast, thanks to this 2-ingredient, protein-packed recipe

If you're flying with anxiety, this tip can help

Nervous fliers should *always* pack this in a carry-on (hint: it’s not medication)

Why Gisele Bündchen's style includes minimalism

How Gisele Bündchen applies Marie Kondo’s joy-sparking principles to her *whole* life

Well+Good - 5 ways to wear a bodysuit off-duty á la Taylor Swift

5 ways to wear a bodysuit off-duty á la Taylor Swift