Eating fruits, vegetables and exercising can make you happier. A new study found that fruit and vegetable consumption and exercise can make people. This research shows a positive link between lifestyle and wellbeing.
New findings led by the University of Kent and the University of Reading is published by the Journal of Happiness Studies.
The research reveals how the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising are related to happiness. The researchers used an instrumental variable approach to explore the correlation between lifestyle and happiness.
The research discovered that the consumption of fruit and vegetables and exercising increases level of happiness and not the other way round.
The study demonstrates that a person’s ability to apply self-control has a positive impact on wellbeing. Lifestyle diseases are a leading cause of ill health and mortality worldwide. The UK is the most obese country in western Europe.
“Behavioural nudges that help the planning self to reinforce long-term objectives are likely to be especially helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If a better lifestyle not only makes us healthier but also happier, then it is a clear win-win situation,” Dr. Adelina Gschwandtner from University of Kent's School of Economics said.
The latest research that notes eating more fruit and vegetables and exercising can increase happiness as well as offer health benefits will be useful for policy campaigns around the environment and sustainability.
“There has been a bigger shift in recent years for healthier lifestyle choices,” Uma Kambhampati from the University of Reading's School of Economics said.