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Move your way to happiness

May 23, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, Psychology of Happiness, Michael Argyle says, “Physical exercise is the quickest way of acquiring a good mood, and if done regularly the benefits go a lot further than that, up to relieving milder forms of depression, and promoting length of life.” (p. 223)

In other words…

Exercise not only improves our physical health, it is also one of the cheapest, quickest, and most successful activities we can do to increase our level of happiness. There are lots of recommendations about amounts and kinds of exercise. The bottom line is that anything we do that gets us moving can be good for our bodies AND our happiness.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

What can you do right this minute (or as soon as you finish reading this) to energize your body? Can you take a walk down the hall? How can you build simple, regular activity into your days? You might find a walking partner. For other exercise ideas, check out our Fit in 10 and Stretch It Out programs, which can be found under the Health section of

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You can also read The Psychology of Happiness.

One Comment
  1. May 24, 2012 2:29 pm

    Very nice site, thanks for share this article with us

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