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Exercise promotes happiness and can have an antidepressant effect

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. was Director of Mental Help Net from 1999 to 2011. Dr. Dombeck received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 ...Read More

No real news here, but the theme is definitely worth repeating. One of the most overlooked things that people can do to make themselves happier is to exercise regularly. Vigorous regular exercise is a pretty good anti-depressant, and it just helps you feel better about yourself and your life overall. One of those things that exercisers know, but relatively few therapists and doctors prescribe, probably because therapy is supposed to be about doing something mental (or chemical) to make you feel better, and exercise is so physical. It works because the mind and the body are one interconnected thing and not separate things. When you exercise regularly, you tone your body and metabolism, regulates stress hormones like cortisol, and promotes the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that your body naturally releases when you exercise). I’m sitting on the couch right now surfing the net, looking for things to report to you all, but now that I’ve come across this, I’m going to visit the gym (grin!).

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