The eternal search for happiness is always a struggle, we look for it in all kinds of places, but exercise could be the key we’ve all been looking for after new research has revealed that keeping active could bring a much larger level of happiness than a financial windfall or an increased salary.
For most people dreaming of financial security is the solution to all our problems. Earning or having more money allows us to fulfill our dreams, treat family and friends and live an almost stress-free life. Pure happiness. Not quite according to new research.
A study conducted by the University of Yale in the U.S and Oxford has revealed that people who admitted to not exercising or were “non-active” felt emotionally bad, on average, 18 days more than those who worked out, even if they earned considerably more money than those who kept active.
Exercise has always had clear health, both physical and mental, benefits, but now it can be more important to your overall well being and economic status.
The new exercise happiness study published in The Lancet by researchers at Yale and Oxford weighted data about physical behavior and mental mood of over 1.2 million people.
During the study participants were asked questions such as: “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?”.
The participants were also asked about their financial status and their level of physical activity, ranging from basic exercise such as cutting the grass to intensive gym sessions.
The results concluded that, while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for about 35 days per year, non-active participants felt bad for 18 more, on average, days.
In addition, the research found that physically active people feel just as good as those who don’t do any activity, but who earn more than £19,000 more than them a year.
For more details on the full study visit The Lancet online.