A recent study by the London School of Economics measured the relative value of different leisure activities, giving them the emotional equivalent of a raise in pay.
Their conclusion: dance is associated with the happiest people, and was worth £1,671 ($2,808.28) a year.
Swimming came next with a worth of £1,630
And visiting libraries came in third with a worth of £1,359
Other values of your search for happiness:
Taking part in team sports – £1,127
Arts and crafts – £1,020
Attending plays – £999
Individual sports – £828
Attending concerts – £742
Conversely, keeping fit through classes and gym exercise brought so much unhappiness, it was the equivalent of a pay cut of £1,318.
So, if you want to be happier, dance! As Snoopy said, “To live is to dance, to dance is to live.”
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.