Exercise More Satisfying Than Money?

A new study showed that getting exercise might actually make you happier than having more money. Which would make you happier?

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There has been a longstanding belief that “money can’t buy happiness,” which can be both accurate and inaccurate, depending on the person. According to researchers from Yale and Oxford, physical exercise may be just as an effective path to happiness as money.

The study looked at 1,237,194 people aged 18 and older from the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System survey and “compared the number of days of bad self-reported mental health between individuals who exercised and those who did not.”

Individuals were asked various questions, including income status, physical and mental health, and the study considered exercise type, duration, intensity, and regularity- 75 different physical exercises were reported.

Results showed that those who exercised had 43.2% fewer bad days than those who did not. And per Business Insider, “physically active individuals felt just as good as individuals who earn an average of $25,000 more per year but didn’t exercise.”

The study found that it’s best to exercise 3-5 days a week with each session lasting at least 45 minutes each. And these discoveries reverberate the findings from a past study from the University of Michigan which found that simply 20 minutes of walking in nature can reduce stress hormone levels. In this study, the subjects’ cortisol was cut by 10%, and these strolls went on to be termed “nature pills.”

This shows that for people on the lower end of the wealth spectrum, exercise is a crucial element towards happiness, and an effective one.

And biologically speaking, money doesn’t necessarily have the same effect on your mental health as feeling physically fit can. Exercise increases hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and testosterone while improving your metabolism and immune system, and reducing stress. You can read more about this story on Travel + Leisure.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A new study showed that getting exercise might actually make you happier than having more money. Which would make you happier?

31% Exercise
69% Money
28% Exercise
72% Money
35% Exercise
65% Money



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