By Mladen Zivkovic @

Activity, you know, trading in and out of stocks or bonds isn’t good for your financial health. I’ve always liked Vanguard founder Jack Bogle’s quote on the matter: “Don’t just do something, stand there!” But, when it comes to your overall health doing something may be the trick to your happiness.

Deborah Gage reports in The Wall Street Journal about the “cascade of positive effects” exercise can have on your body. She writes:

Exercise has been shown to protect against diabetes, stroke and several other diseases and to improve our moods.

But does it also make us more likely to engage in other activities? Do people who exercise tend to have better social lives or achieve more of their goals?

The answer appears to be yes, according to a study that has been accepted for publication in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Exercise not only makes us feel more positive, the study found, but it also increases the likelihood that we’ll do more positive things.

That supports the use of exercise to help treat people with depression, anxiety and other illnesses. It also suggests exercise could help healthy people improve their everyday lives.

Read more here.

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