More evidence for the link between exercise and happiness

More evidence for the link between exercise and happiness

It’s been known for quite some time now that exercise is associated with happiness and better mental health.

But why?

Why are we happier when we exercise more? What are the links between exercise and happiness?

If this is something that’s of interest to you then keep reading…

via Science of Us by Melissa Dahl

Consider the preternaturally happy Parks and Recreation character Chris Traeger, the exercise lunatic played to manic perfection by Rob Lowe. Traeger is relentlessly positive, seeing the good in everything and everyone (“Way to be, duck”), while also managing to get in his daily ten-mile run. He’s the fictional realization of an article recently published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, which argues that exercise on one day appears to trigger a “cascade of positive events” that carries over to the next day, too.

For three weeks, college students completed daily online surveys, which asked them about their days. On the days they’d exercised, they also tended to report having more positive social interactions, like a good conversation with a friend; they were also more likely on those days to report an achievement like completing a project. The day after exercising, too, people reported more happy social stuff than usual (though their likelihood of achieving some kind of goal returned to normal)…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE