Researchers at Yale and Oxford universities have identified that exercising the body has more significance to your mental health than your economic status.
In a study conducted to identify the intrinsic value of exercising other than physical well being of the body, the researchers have found that you are likely to be happier if you exercise than making loads of money.
The scientists from Yale and Oxford universities found that while people who exercised regularly tended to feel bad or have bad days for just 35 days averagely in a year, people who do not exercise regularly and make more money felt bad 53 days or more in a year.
The research identified that people who earned less than $25,000 a year may be equally as happy as or happier than those who earned more than that sum. The implication of this is that financial satisfaction may not necessarily transcend into happiness, but exercising the body regularly may just be the secret ingredient to making you a happier person.
The study however contends that overly exercising the body may be detrimental to your mental well being as well. Adam Chekround of Yale University asserts that physical exercises only contribute to mental health only if it falls within a certain time frame. Having three to five training sessions each of which lasts 30 minutes to an hour per week thus is ideal for keeping you happier than you would be sitting in the bank.
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Furthermore, the research points that engaging in team sports increase the likely of staying happy. This usually is because it involves socialization which brings you closer to people who share your interests.