How Dancing Improves Your Happiness

June 26th, 2014 | Posted by Kathy Levyn

Choosing to take dance lessons and putting forth the energy can do wonders when it comes to making you look good on the dance floor. However, more than just looking good, getting up and dancing can also bring about feeling good.

How Dancing Improves Your Happiness | Dancing for Life

According to research from the University of Derby, dancing can help to significantly improve your mood and make you feel happier. How so?

Boosts Your Self-Confidence – Not only will working with a partner in various ballroom dancing routines help you feel good about your body and its movements, but learning the routines will build a feeling of more certainty in your abilities. Every time you learn a new piece of choreography, it will feel like another small victory and your self-esteem could go through the roof.

Increase in Endorphins – With any type of exercise that you participate in, your body will respond by releasing endorphins, telling the brain to make your pain level feel less intense. Not only that, but when you’re dancing, that rush of endorphins will also help you feel less stress and fatigue. Again, a release of endorphins can be experienced with most types of physical exercise, but with dance, you get to have fun at the same time and express your inner self!

Get a Better Night’s Sleep – Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is good for you. However, did you know that your body temperature naturally drops when you lay your head down to rest? Oppositely, dancing causes your body temperature to rise more than it would if you were just going about your normal routine. The higher your body temperature rises, the lower it will drop when you stop moving. That big of a drop then sends a very strong signal to your brain that you’re ready to rest, which in turn promotes a better, deeper sleep. Being well-rested = a happier you.

Building Relationships – We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: taking a dance class is a great way to have some fun and meet new people. Building friendships with the people around you in these classes will in turn get you excited at the prospect of social interaction along with the delight of dancing.

You already know that exercise is good for you and your overall health. For some however, the idea of going to the gym just doesn’t add up to happiness. Personally, dancing releases the pleasure senses in my brain with much enjoyment in satisfaction. So what do you think? How could you ever be anything but happy in a situation like that?

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