Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Study Finds Getting Up Can Cheer You Up

Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Study Finds Getting Up Can Cheer You Up

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Getting up and moving around have been linked to feelings of happiness, according to a new study published in the journal PLoS One.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England noticed that many studies related to the connection between physical activity and psychological health focused on negative moods. So they decided to try a different approach. They woi look at correlations between movement and happiness, the most positive of emotions.

To do this, they developed a special phone app that allowed 10,000 study participants to answer questions about whether they had been sitting, standing, walking, running, lying down or doing something else for the past 15 minutes.

The app asked participants to record their mood at that moment, and, periodically, to assess their satisfaction with life in general. …

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