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How Exercise Makes Us Happier

Friday, September 27, 2013

You've probably heard that when you exercise, your body releases feel-good hormones called endorphins, which can make us feel better and happier. But how exactly does this happen? Leo Wildrich explains: 

"If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That's why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy." 

To learn more about exercise, happiness and how your brain works, you can read the full article on Buffer

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