The March 6 edition of Runners World featured an article titled, “Stay Active and You’ll Stay Happy!”

Information was recently released from a 15-year study. Over the studies’ long span, researchers tracked individual’s happiness and unhappiness as well as each participant’s physical activity.

There was one significant, correlating feature throughout the study. “Those who were more active were happier, and those who were less active were less happy.”

After studying the same people over 15 years, they found that levels of happiness among individuals changed over time. In other words, those who were happier 15 years ago were probably active, and those who were unhappy 15 years ago were probably inactive. As researchers tracked those same individuals, those people who became less happy also became less active and those who became happier were more active.

Scripture reiterates the importance of being physically active, but it also stresses the value of being spiritually fit. 1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

I am sure that if we were to study believers for 15 years, there would be times in their journeys that show more spiritual dedicated than others. There would be times where they felt closer to God in their personal relationships with Him. Don’t forget to do your spiritual workout; dig into God’s word; become dedicated to prayer, fellowship and service.

So, if you are physically and spiritually active today…make a commitment to stay that way. If you are not active, make a commitment to get more active. You will be better off in the long run.

Just do it, and have a happier day!
John Mark Caton, PhD