BOSTON (CBS) – And could just a little exercise make you a happier person?
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that people who work out once a week or as little as 10 minutes a day are cheerier than those who never exercise.READ MORE: "Time for the village to step up": Volunteers help ease nationwide baby formula shortage
We know that exercise can have a beneficial effect on mood and can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.READ MORE: Video: Likely tornado spotted in Charlestown, New Hampshire
Even those of us who hate to exercise say we feel better after we’ve done it, but this analysis of 23 prior studies found that it doesn’t actually take much to make a big difference on the happiness scale.
Exercising more, like 30 minutes a day most days can raise your mood even more.MORE NEWS: Bail hearing postponed for Nathan Carman, charged in mom's death at sea
The type of exercise didn’t seem to matter whether you walked or jogged or practiced yoga. What’s important is that movement, in general, can make you a much happier person.