We know you've heard it all before: Money can't buy happiness, exercise is the best mood booster etc etc etc. But we've heard it so many times because it's TRUE!
New research out of Yale and Oxford universities has found that the famous endorphins you get from working out can make you happier than money can. Who would've thought.
Scientists collected data about the physical behaviour and mental state of over 1.2 million adults for the study. Participants were quizzed on their income and activity level (eg. mowing the lawn, childcare and housework, as well as workouts like cycling and weightlifting). They were then asked the question: "How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?"
Those who exercised regularly said they felt down for 35 days per year on average, where as non-active people felt down for 53 days per year on average - that's an extra 18 days a year that non-active people felt down!
On top of that, the physically active participants felt just as good as those who were not active but earned approx. $25,000 more annually. That's pretty amazing.
A warning though: too much exercise can actually have the opposite effect - the research showed that any more than three to five 30-60 minute sweat sessions per week may negatively impact your mental health.
"The relationship between sport duration and mental load is U-shaped," the study’s lead author Adam Chekroud of Yale University said. Good to know, just make sure you're staying in that exercise sweet spot and you'll be happy as can be.