Could swimming make you happier?
Swimming increases rates of positivity by more than a third (35 per cent), according to research conducted by Mindlab International on behalf of British Gas SwimBritain.
Researchers studied swimmers over a four week period and found that within the first week feelings of wellbeing had increased by 20 per cent, suggesting the benefits happen quickly and increase with time.
Not only that, participants recorded a 40 per cent increase in the quality of their sleep, an impressive 51 per cent increase in energy levels and a 15 per cent boost to their fitness.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the positive emotional boost swimming gives, the research revealed negative emotions decreased by a significant 33 per cent.
Don't worry if swimming is not your thing though, as any exercise can help release endorphins, which are your body's feel-good chemicals. They boost feelings of satisfaction and optimism, so anything you can do to produce more of them has to be a good thing.
Exercise also helps you relax and feel fitter, slimmer and healthier, all of which will have a positive effect on your mood.
It can also be a good way to meet people and there is no doubt that socialising is vital for happiness.
Researchers at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business were so convinced of the power of talking to strangers they decided to conduct an experiment to see what affect it had on peoples' mood.
Commuters were split into three groups – one was told to speak to a fellow passenger (not a friend), another group were asked to ignore them and the third was given no direction either way.
Those who had the interaction with others reported having the best journeys, while those told to sit in silence were the unhappiest.
If you don't feel confident enough to talk to strangers on a train, then why not visit PsychicsOnline and have a chat with one of our expert life coaches? Just chatting may well make you feel happier and they can probably give you a few tips for boosting your mental wellbeing too.