Who isn't looking for more ways to get and stay happy? I've heard a lot of random things, but, "I'm just too darn happy," is not one of them.
Time.com has created a list of the top 20 ways to get and stay happy and I think it's important to point out #5 on the list: Move your body. Here's why...
We've all heard about a "runner's high," but there are plenty of other ways to achieve that feeling. Dance. Play a sport. Work out as hard as you can. Take a walk so your stress will take a hike. Moving your body releases endorphins, the quintessential feel-good chemicals found in your brain. How endorphin release is triggered by exercise is somewhat of a controversial science because researchers don't know if it is caused by the positive emotion felt upon meeting a physical challenge or from the exertion itself. Either way, physical motion can provide a rush of good energy that can lift a mood, be it anxiety or mild depression, and it's a good way to keep healthy.
This comes as no surprise to me (and you, I'm sure, especially if you read FitSugar regularly), but it's nice to have a reminder every once in a while.
Want to see what made the rest of the list? Then
- Count Your Blessings
- Hear the Music
- Snog. Canoodle. Get It On.
- Nurture Your Spirituality
- Move Your Body
- Laugh Big
- Do Something Nice for Someone Else
- Make More Money Than Your Peers
- Seek Positive Emotion as a Path to Success
- Identify With Your Heritage
- Use a Happy Memory as a Guide
- Play the Part of an Optimist
- Try New Things
- Tell Your Story to Someone
- Balance Work and Home
- Be Like the Danes: Keep Expectations Realistic
- Make Time
- Visualize Happiness
- Marry Happy
For the article in its entirety, check out Time.com.