Lifestyle factors such as never smoking in men and former smoking in women, higher physical activity in women, high social activity and more frequent intake of vegetables and fruit in men and women were positively associated with higher psychological well-being according to a new study published in BMC Public Health (2022).
The researchers prospectively (i.e., in the future) examined lifestyle behaviours, including physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, nutrition habits, and social activity and their possible associations with psychological well-being.
The study found healthy levels of lifestyle behaviours were associated with higher psychological well-being after a 10-year follow-up.
The study authors concluded that maintaining and improving the mental health and psychological well-being of the middle-aged and older population requires the use of healthy lifestyle behavioural interventions and that promotion of healthy lifestyle should be a public health priority.
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Read the full research study article: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12889-022-13413-4