One Major Effect Exercise Has on Your Happiness, New Study Says

One Major Effect Exercise Has on Your Happiness, New Study Says

via John Anderer

Everybody wants to be happy. Of course, depending on who you ask, the word “happiness” can have many different meanings: Some see happiness as a corner office and a high salary, while others focus more on family or creative fulfillment.

One common happiness theme, however, is that most of us are constantly kicking it just a bit further down the road. “Once I land my dream job I’ll be happy,” or “I’ll be much happier when we find a bigger apartment.” This rarely ever plays out as we imagine. Happiness, like so much else in life, is more about the journey than the destination.

So, what’s the best way to cultivate more happiness? You’ve probably heard more times than you can count that exercise can help. The mood-boosting effects of exercise are well-documented, and it’s become standard practice for doctors to prescribe more movement to patients who report feeling down or flat-out depressed.  Michael Otto, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Boston University, told The American Psychological Association that it can take as little as five minutes to feel the mood-boosting effects of working out.

A temporary good mood isn’t exactly “happiness,” though, as many end up feeling just as anxious or down as before their workout within a matter of hours. To get a better idea of the long-term effects of consistent exercise—and a healthy lifestyle, in general—a new study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies defined happiness as “life satisfaction.” Read on to learn more about the study’s findings.

An active and healthy lifestyle increases happiness

Conducted by scientists at the University of Kent and the University of Reading, the new study looked at a data sample from over 14,000 people that covered their diet and exercise habits, perceived life satisfaction, and delayed gratification or self-control. The study authors found that consistent exercise can indeed result in increased happiness…

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