Dr. Andrew Weil revealed simple happiness secrets on the Aug. 7 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz asked Weil what was the most common question people ask him when they meet him in person.
Weil, author of Spontaneous Happiness, responded, “The commonest question I get is, ‘How can I be happier?’ ”
Dr. Weil, a physician and alternative health expert, said his No. 1 happiness secret is to surround yourself with happy people because moods are contagious.
“My simple advice is this: Spend more time with people who are happy,” said Dr. Weil. “Scientific research shows moods are contagious, so it’s worth your while to seek out people in whose company you feel happier and more optimistic.”
Weil, a graduate of Harvard undergrad and Harvard Medical School, has himself struggled with depression despite his many accomplishments.
Dr. Weil, who has made the cover of Time magazine twice, is the author of almost 20 books on health, aging and happiness. He said some proven tips to boost happiness include exercise, meditation, following a healthy and actively practicing gratitude.
Weil also stressed the importance of a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation causes weight gain and mood disorders and dramatically accelerates aging.
“Perhaps the most powerful way to control inflammation is via diet,” Dr. Weil wrote in his bestseller, True Food.
“My anti-inflammatory diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods that are especially selected to reduce inappropriate inflammation, as well as provide abundant vitamins, minerals and fiber.”
Do Cell Phones and Wi-Fi Cause Cancer?
On a separate segment of the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Weil said cell phones and Wi-Fi systems have not conclusively been proven to cause cancer, but he thinks they are a bigger threat to our health than we realize.
In 2011, a woman named Tiffany Krantz got breast cancer after storing her cell phone in her bra every day for four years. She was just 21 years old, was otherwise healthy, and did not have a family history of cancer.
As a precaution, Weil said we should keep cell phones away from our heads and other body parts, use an ear piece for cell phones, and keep Wi-Fi routers outside the bedroom.
Weil also said unprocessed saturated fat does not cause heart disease or clog arteries, and said we should include healthy fats such as salmon, cheese, and olive oil in our diets.