How do you experience happiness? Why are some people better at being happy than others and why does feeling happy feel so good? Research shows that whatever makes you happy—whether it's singing, dancing, making love or playing games—is doing more than simply putting a smile on your face. University of Hertfordshire Reader, dance psychologist, and TED Talk regular Dr. Peter Lovatt shows that changes in the way we experience positive moods actually influence our hormones and our overall health. Positive emotions are even associated with greater longevity and reduced morbidity. Be ready to experience some happiness … and be ready to move.
Throwing some shapes is a great way to put a smile on your face. Research from Peter's lab has shown that there are both short term and longer term benefits to dancing. Peter's team measured people's mood before and after a dance class and also measured their mood over a 12 week period. The results are fascinating.
Dancing led to a reduction in depression and tension and an increase in feelings of vigour. Dancing even made people feel less angry over a period of 12 week.