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This activity could make you happier than a Beyoncé concert
If you’ve been blissfully streaming Lemonade on repeat all week, science may have discovered a way to make that experience even more enjoyable: listening to it while on the move. A new study has linked running – or any forms of aerobic exercise – with improvements to your mood. Researchers made participants watch a sad clip from a tearjerker and afterward asked them to either jog for half an hour or stretch. Those who got the blood flowing reported feeling less sad compared to those who didn’t work out.
In other health news:
Science gives the thumbs up to the cheat day
Depriving yourself of treats isn’t just a cruel form of self-punishment; it can also make you more likely to binge. A new study out found that people who indulge in “planned hedonic deviations” – a term I will use forevermore when talking about cheat days – when setting goals (from weight loss to spending less) will be more apt to stick with their plan in the long-term. The little cheat helps you stay motivated.
Drawing can improve your memory
Introducing a new way to help you cram for that bio test. Research shows that if you draw – rather than write out – a word, it can help you remember it better. For example, if you’re tying to remember an apple, drawing the shape of the fruit will keep it locked in your mind. If only the same could be said of keeping track of people’s names at cocktail parties!