Does you get that “yeah sure” feeling every time a runner tells you they feel happier ever since they started running? They might even mention how they feel a little down when they miss a day or two of running. Their happiness is not just a story, it is based on facts. Here are 5 reasons running makes you happier.
1. Physical exercise releases endorphins.
Endorphins are a natural chemical your brain releases during exercise that improves mood, makes you more energetic, and even makes you more alert and awake. The endorphins begin entering your system while you run and continue after your run.
2. Running gets you in better physical shape.
How much better would you feel if you were healthy, fit, lean, and looked good? It is hard not to feel happier when your body feels great.
3. Running gives you a reason to set goals and achieve them.
Setting goals to run farther, faster, or to finish a long distance race forces you to think in new ways. Achieving goals leads to greater happiness, both in running and your entire life.
4. Runners are a social group.
Running might be a lonely task, but the running community is filled with camaraderie. There are clubs, online communities, and teams you can be involved with, all filled with motivated, goal driven people New social connections leads to a happier life.
5. Running improves you self esteem.
Achieving goals that none of your co-workers can match improves confidence. Taking charge of your physical life builds esteem. Watching your body get fitter and better looking bolsters esteem even further. High esteem leads to happiness.
If you want to feel happier, just lace up your running shoes and head out the door. You might complain about a few aches and pains tomorrow, but running will quickly lead you to a happier life.