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There's a Reason Why Dancing Is Good for the Soul

Dancing and electronic music go together like peanut butter and jelly. But the benefits of dancing certainly aren't limited to one genre or culture.

Research shows that there's a reason why we can't help but shake our groove thang. According to dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovett of the University of Hertfordshire, there are reasons why the presence of dancing can be found in literally every culture.

“Dancing stimulates us physically and emotionally while there are also cognitive and social elements to it...[Y]ou appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centers in the brain. For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – often that’s uncomplicated happiness, while for some it can make them cry. It’s cathartic – a letting go of pent-up emotions.”

University researches at York and Sheffield designed an experiment where subjects were given an activity to do while listening to music: sit quietly, exercise on a bicycle, or dance. The experiment was designed to see whether individuals are pre-disposed to dance and what benefits dancing may have on the body and mind.

According to Dr. Lovett, "All those who chose to dance displayed improved problem-solving skills afterwards. This same study also found that the mood levels of the dancers went up. It shows that dancing along to music even for five minutes can boost happiness and improve creative-thinking patterns.”

Of course, as music fans one thing that makes dancing so tantalizing is the social element. Which researchers say is a major benefit of dancing.

“It’s scientifically proved that dancing helps with social bonding,” explains Dr Lovatt,“The synchrony involved in dancing to a beat along with other people is a powerful way for humans to connect.”

We heartily agree. How many of us can say we made friends on the dance floor?

H/T: The Telegraph

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