Are Fit People Happier?


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Happiness is a pretty subjective concept. But researchers think happiness has to do with genetics and a range of environmental factors like income, marital status, religion, and education. And one huge predictor of personal happiness is physical health. The ability to ward off sickness and disease, maintain a hormonal balance, and manage stress all contribute to self-satisfaction. That’s one reason people who work out might be happier than the rest of us — exercise stimulates the production of disease-fighting proteins known as antibodies, which destroy unwelcome invaders like bacteria and viruses[2][3]. So folks who stay physically active are generally better equipped to combat sickness and stress, a key component of happiness.

During physical exercise, the brain also releases endorphins, chemicals known to produce feelings of euphoria, commonly associated with a “runner’s high.” Endorphins trigger the release of sex hormones, such as norepinephrine, which enhance mood and create a sense of well-being[4][5]. Exercise can also boost happiness levels by helping to reduce stress. When we exercise, our bodies burn the stress hormone cortisol. Too much stress, and high cortisol levels, can increase feelings of nervousness and anxiety while decreasing motivation and immune function.

It’s not clear that a certain amount of exercise can guarantee happiness, or even a short-term high. Some scientists say just 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can help reduce depression and anger. But, unfortunately, even fitness fanatics aren’t guaranteed stress-free living.


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