Hidden Benefits of Regular Exercise

Health psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal writes in her new book about the wonderful mental benefits of even gentle and mild exercise:

“Among its many life-altering rewards: the generation of hope, happiness, a sense of purpose, greater life satisfaction and rewarding connections with others.”

“These benefits are seen throughout the life span,” she writes. “They apply to every socioeconomic strata and appear to be culturally universal.”

In a new book The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage, author Kelly McGonigal argues that we should look beyond weight loss to the many social and emotional benefits of exercise. Boris Austin/Getty Images

Hope, Happiness and Social Connection: Hidden Benefits of Regular Exercise

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