Science Says Do This and Be Happier

The Connection Between Happiness and Movement

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” –Elle Woods, Legally Blonde.

Everyone knows that physical movement is good for you and something to be incorporated into everyday life. By no means is this a world-shattering revelation.
Whether you choose to hike a nearby trail, lift heavy weights, go for a post-dinner walk, or get your savasana on at yoga; the positives greatly outweigh any negatives in the exercise dialogue. The connection between physical movement and happiness, however, is an area that is only now beginning to be understood more clearly and backed by science. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines happiness as “a state of well-being and contentment”. Who doesn’t want to experience that?

Some of the most current research in the field of mental health is showing that exercise has a similar effect on the brain as the use of a mild anti-depressant. The biological and psychological effects of exercise are proving to be monumental. Physical movement leads to a lowering of stress hormones, an increase in dopamine, and greater plasticity of the brain that improves cognitive functioning.

In addition, physical movement often leads to an increase in motivation for healthier habits such as an improved sleep schedule, a healthier diet and a community of other active individuals. So turn off Netflix, get up from the couch and start moving
2018-06-13T13:05:14+00:00 August 14th, 2017|