Physical Activity: A boost for happiness

Physical activity has a positive effect on our mental wellbeing according to a recent research from the Psychology Department of the University of Cambridge. “Our analyses indicated that periods of physical activity led to increased positive mood, regardless of individuals’ baseline happiness,” said director of research Prof Rentfrow.

This has been the largest-ever smartphone-based study examining the relationship between physical activity and happiness which demonstrated how smartphones can be used to collect large-scale data to examine psychological, behavioural and health-related phenomena as they occur in everyday life. Specifically, the data on physical activity was passively gathered from smartphone accelerometers, and participants were also sent a short survey at two random intervals throughout the day which asked questions about their emotional state.

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