In my journey as an entrepreneur, I’ve experienced my fair share of disappointments. Whether client deals that have fallen through, product launches that performed worse than expected, or article pitches that were rejected, dealing with setbacks is just part of business. So, learning how to be resilient in the face of apparent failure has long been a necessity for me.
In fact, shortly before I began writing this article, I was told I wasn’t a fit for an opportunity I had been looking forward to for months. After getting my balance back from that punch-to-the-gut feeling, I laced up my running shoes, put on my headphones, went to a nearby park, and took a walk. Twenty minutes later, I came back feeling clearheaded and inspired with new ideas about what to do next.
It might sound like magic, but there are several reasons my walk helped me come back feeling positive and motivated, according to science:
1. The mere act of walking itself has been shown to boost mood.
By now, most of us know about the pleasure-boosting endorphins that accompany physical exercise, and that was definitely a factor. But I also upped the ante in that category by listening to upbeat music and bouncing happily to it while I walked. In one research study, a sample of undergraduate students who were physically manipulated (unbeknownst to them) to walk with a “depressed” style (slumped shoulders) recalled more emotionally negative words than a group who walked with a “happy” style (upright and bouncy…