JC Miler, Z Krizan, April 2016

Walking Facilitates Positive Affect (Even When Expecting the Opposite).

This study conducted 3 experiments to examine how walking induced positivity. Walking in this study wasn’t necessarily for exercise. Results showed that:

  • even when participants didn’t know what the purpose of the experiment was, they experienced an increase in positive affect
  • walking caused a positive affect, even when participants expected it to have a negative impace on their mood; and
  • walking was shown to decrease feelings of boredom and dread.

So if you’re feeling a bit down, put on your walking shoes and get moving!