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As scientists reveal the powerful effects of fun on our wellbeing, isn’t it time we all took pure, simple enjoyment a bit more seriously?



Here is your official permission to never feel guilty about taking time out to simply have fun, or do something purely for enjoyment: it’s a mental health necessity. Doing things you enjoy is as effective at treating the symptoms of depression as talking therapy, according to a new study from the University of Exeter. Known as ‘behavioural activation’, it involves identifying things that really make you smile (as opposed to things you think you ought to enjoy), then simply doing more of them, whether that’s salsa dancing, gardening, karaoke, or cuddling your dog. Researchers found that having fun reduced symptoms of depression by 50 per cent in two thirds of people.

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Are you feeling good? Treat yourself to the February healthy magazine, focussing on how you can start the new year looking and being your best self ever. Find 25 nutritious recipes for real happy meals – including quick and filling, goodness-packed dishes. Plus, we investigate why having fun is actually good for yourself. Get #feelgood vibes for 2017 with the new digital edition of healthy.