The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage

The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage Book Summary

The bestselling author of The Willpower Instinct introduces a surprising science-based book that doesn't tell us why we should exercise but instead shows us how to fall in love with movement.

Exercise is health-enhancing and life-extending, yet many of us feel it's a chore. But, as Kelly McGonigal reveals, it doesn't have to be. Movement can and should be a source of joy.

Through her trademark blend of science and storytelling, McGonigal draws on insights from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, as well as memoirs, ethnographies, and philosophers. She shows how movement is intertwined with some of the most basic human joys, including self-expression, social connection, and mastery--and why it is a powerful antidote to the modern epidemics of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

McGonigal tells the stories of people who have found fulfillment and belonging through running, walking, dancing, swimming, weightlifting, and more, with examples that span the globe, from Tanzania, where one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the planet live, to a dance class at Juilliard for people with Parkinson's disease, to the streets of London, where volunteers combine fitness and community service, to races in the remote wilderness, where athletes push the limits of what a human can endure. Along the way, McGonigal paints a portrait of human nature that highlights our capacity for hope, cooperation, and self-transcendence.

The result is a revolutionary narrative that goes beyond familiar arguments in favor of exercise, to illustrate why movement is integral to both our happiness and our humanity. Readers will learn what they can do in their own lives and communities to harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection.

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  • Karen

    I am lucky enough to have taken several of Kelly McGonigal's Psychology classes and I have always been a huge fan. When I saw this book was coming out, I knew I would read it no matter what and I knew...

  • M. Nasiri

    Well written book on scientific aspects of exercise.How movement brings us hope,meaning and connection.Recent studies have shown that a long run greatly increases levels of endocannabinoids in our bra...

  • Laurie

    It is quite possible that my impression of this book was impacted by the book I just completed reading, another science-focused text that also included stories of the people behind the science as well...

  • Amanda

    There were a lot of really interesting facts about how movement and exercise impact our bodies and brains. I enjoyed learning about it, and it helps me understand more about how my body is working. Th...

  • Katherine

    As with a lot of popular psychology, the central ideas here could be presented in a pamphlet but have been padded out to book length with inspiring anecdotes and biographical information about the aut...

  • Robyn

    Ugh this book made me so mad. Nothing in here that couldnt be just as easily found in a Buzzfeed listicle 10 Reasons Exercise Makes Your Life Better and tons of self-congratulatory prose on how Kelly ...

  • Alisa Harris

    Kelly McGonigal makes the case that the benefits of physical movement go far beyond the physical. It helps us connect with others, build empathy, find community, feel joy, and fight our demons. I don'...

  • Gillian

    Absolutely loved this book and have been recommending it left and right. Inspiring, encouraging and joyful love letter to movement and all of the ways it contributes to our health and happiness....

  • Stephanie

    (blinked) Using science to preach to the choir. Something I've known I've always felt, maybe this justifies going to that morning dance class and coming into work a bit late....

  • Katrina Davies

    This book is a joyful exploration of the science behind why movement is important. I listened to this on Audible and I'm so glad I did as I couldn't resist wriggling and tapping my feet. It made my he...