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Walking, dancing and moving to a beat can correct a bad mood

Bad moods can be caused by ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. The good news is that mental problems can have physical solutions. By just starting to move, we can elevate our mood. Active people are happier, in general. I think it’s because movement is a way we progress in life. Movement gets us out of feeling stuck and stagnant. Movement causes oxygen in our blood to circulate and decreases inflammation on our tissues, but it seems there is more to it. Movement to a tempo tethers us to the present moment, which seems to make us happy and good tempered. Our brain benefits when it has less stress. Studies show moving to a rhythm helps to prevent and slow dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Joining an exercise class or social dance group can change our lives by getting us into better moods.

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