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The Link Between Exercise and Happiness

Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body, but do you know about the positive effects it can have on your day to day mood? Multiple studies have shown that regular exercise has a strong correlation with living a happier life.

Happiness and exercise are similar in the sense that they both cause the release of endorphins. Endorphins are naturally produced chemicals used by the nervous system to allow us to cope with pain and stress. They are sometimes called “feel good “ chemicals because of how they are able to enhance mood. You may be familiar with the term, “Runners High”. A runner's high is the feeling of content and happiness after running or exercising and is due to the release of endorphins.

Chemical changes in the body isn't the only way that exercising can make you happier. Completing a work out and striving towards staying healthy can give us a great sense of accomplishment. Often exercising in groups also helps us bond with others. This can further lead to a sense of belonging. These positive feelings can really help improve mindset, which is strongly related to quality of life.

Exercise can also act as a way for you to relieve stress. Having a healthy way to let your stress and emotions out is vital. Reducing the stress in your life leads to you spending less time worrying or being in a poor mood. The clear mind you may get from exercising also gives you the energy you need to continue to tackle your daily and long-term goals. Why not exercise if it means getting an energy boost to accomplish your dreams?

There are many factors about exercising that lead to a happier life. Whether it be the release of endorphins, the ability for it to act as a stress reliever, or just the positive mindset it implements, exercise is linked to happiness. Try to create a habit of regular exercise. It may be just what you need to feel better!


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