A Little More Exercise Boosts Happiness
Note to boomers: happiness is not a warm gun. It may be, however, a willingness to exercise just a little longer than usual. Researchers at Penn State are convinced that people’s satisfaction with life is demonstrably higher on days when they exercised more than usual. How much more? A little more. A Penn State news release reports that the researchers recruited two groups of college students, and had one group with 190 people keep a diary every day for eight days. The second group, with 63 people, entered information into a secure website every day for 14 days. Both groups answered questions aimed at determining participants’ satisfaction with life, physical activity and self-esteem. By correlating self-esteem with exercise, the researchers determined that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day directly influences his or her satisfaction with life. By exercising just a little more than usual, the team found, a person can significantly improve his or her satisfaction with life. Read more from Penn State. Read an abstract of the study here.