Science Says: Dancing Makes You Happy

Yeah, yeah...everyday, another scientific announcement. This is bad for you; that’s great for you. But, according to science, dancing makes you happy and there are many reasons this is true. It’s not bunk. It’s biological and physiological. You can’t ignore it.

Well, you can. But you should not. And here’s why.

Since the beginning of time, dance has been a central part of culture. Regardless of where you are from, what your ethnicity or religion, you know full well that there are dances your people have been doing forever. Why? Because, according to anthropologists, as explained in this article, “Dancing with other people is connected to emotional competence, self-esteem, and healthy levels of trust.”

The simple concept of “movement” makes people healthier and, therefore, happier. It’s more than simply feeling happy when you sway to the music.

Consider these 3 ways moving to the beat makes you feel great.

1. Dancing makes you feel better about your body.

Studies reveal that dancing does, in fact, help you get in shape and even lose weight. So, right off the bat, it’s understandable that people have a better self-image of themselves when they dance on a regular basis.

Further, however, there are researchers who have studied the body-mind-spirit concepts associated with dancing. The result? “Dance can help people of all shapes and sizes cultivate a more positive body image.”

2. Dancing spurs new relationships.

When you get social, you feel happy. Perhaps it’s the endorphins that are being produced when you interact with like-minded people...laughing, chatting, enjoying time together. But scientists refer back to the cultural aspects of dancing. Throughout time, dance has been a social activity more than just a means of exercise.

3. Dancing keeps us young.

The idea of getting older isn’t a fond one for many people. When you feel poorly -- you’re losing muscle tone and flexibility, your mind isn’t as sharp as it once was and your health tests are pushing you toward medication -- it’s even harder to accept aging gracefully.

However, according to a study conducted by Queens University in Belfast and published in Science Daily, dancing “may stave off illness and counteract decline in aging” on mental, social and physical levels..

In fact, the benefits of ballroom dance are numerous:

  • Lower depression and self-doubt
  • Lower blood pressure
    Improve memory
  • Strengthen muscle tone and endurance
  • Lose and manage weight
  • Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
  • Improve your balance, flexibility and coordination skills
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Meet new friends and overcome shyness
  • Enjoy going to social events
  • And the very best benefit: You’ll have fun and feel happy!!

What are you waiting for? Contact us today and you could be dancing tonight! Arthur Murray Dance Center of the Greater Boston Region welcome you to schedule a free first dance lesson. Take a chance and learn to dance!! You’ll love it mind, body and soul!