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The Road To Happiness: Move Your Body

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. 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

  1. Count Your Blessings
  2. Hear the Music
  3. Snog. Canoodle. Get It On.
  4. Nurture Your Spirituality
  5. Move Your Body
  6. Laugh Big
  7. Do Something Nice for Someone Else
  8. Make More Money Than Your Peers
  9. Seek Positive Emotion as a Path to Success
  10. Identify With Your Heritage
  11. Use a Happy Memory as a Guide
  12. Play the Part of an Optimist
  13. Try New Things
  14. Tell Your Story to Someone
  15. Balance Work and Home
  16. Be Like the Danes: Keep Expectations Realistic
  17. Make Time
  18. Visualize Happiness
  19. Smile
  20. Marry Happy

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intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Great list!
luvbugg luvbugg 9 years
I am printing that list and putting it up as a reminder to myself! Thanks!! :)
livetolove livetolove 9 years
I feel like such a dork... but sometimes when I'm just in that "I hate the world, my life, my EVERYTHING," I make sure to put on some dance music and force myself to move to the beat. Before I know it I'm too into the music (and acting way to lame to take myself seriously anymore) to really concentrate on all the negative things going on. Sometimes the hardest thing is having to pull yourself out of the pits but when you finally do, it's more than worth it.
millarci millarci 9 years
This is a very good list. I think the most important one on the list is number one (count your blessings). Every day on the news, there is more negative stories than positive. I count my blessings every day that I have a wonderful family and were all happy and healthy. Move your body is of course important. As much as it's hard to work out (especially after a hard day at the office), I feel SO good when I'm done and SO much better about myself. It's amazing! :)
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