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Study: Get moving to get happier

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However, less is known about the impact of physical activity on positive mental health conditions, such as happiness and contentment.

Specifically, researchers examined which aspects of physical activity were associated with happiness, and which populations were likely to benefit from the effects.

To that end, Chen and co-author Zhanjia Zhang, a doctoral student, reviewed 23 studies on happiness and physical activity.

The 15 observational studies all showed a positive direct or indirect association between happiness and exercise.

The eight interventional studies showed inconsistent results.

The studies included health information from thousands of adults, seniors, adolescents, children, and cancer survivors from several countries.

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