The Simple Activity That Can Instantly Elevate Your Mood

December 10, 2014 9:35 PM

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We know that taking a walk can work wonders, not only for our bodies but for our minds, increasing cognitive performance, spurring creativity and boosting our overall mood. Now, a new study asserts that the way we walk matters, too. What's more, by adjusting the way we walk, we can actually alter our state of mind for the better.

The small study, published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, began by showing participants a list of words both negative and positive. Then, as the participants walked on treadmills, scientists asked half of them to walk in a more upbeat way. Those who adjusted to the u...

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