New research out of Yale and Oxford universities has found that the endorphins you get from working out can make you happier than money.
For the study, published in The Lancet, scientists collected data about the physical behaviour and mental state of over 1.2 million adults. They were quizzed on their income and activity level (e.g. mowing the lawn, childcare and housework, as well as workouts like cycling and weight lifting.) They were then asked the following 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 each year on average, while the non-active folk felt down for an additional 18 days. Plus, the physically active participants feel just as good as those who weren’t active but who earned approx. $25,000 more annually.
The caveat? Too much exercise can cause 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 told Die Welt.