If you’re like most people, you’re just not a dancer.Ai?? It is a shame, truly, because dancing does wonders for both the brain and body.Ai?? Yes, instead we’d rather sit and watch others do it on TV rather than get up ourselves and give it a try.Ai?? “Weai??i??ve become a nation of armchair dancers, mesmerized by Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance,” says Lane Anderson, author of an article in Psychology Today,Ai?? ai???But research shows that getting your own groove on is more beneficial in improving social skills, lifting your spirits, even reversing depression.ai???

So, what does dancing do for us exactly?Ai?? To be sure, it isn’t rocket science to figure out that moving our bodies is a good thing.Ai?? In one recent study at the University of Derby, salsa-dancing improved the moods of “depressed patients” significantly by the end of the 9-week trial period.Ai?? In another study coming from Germany, 22 tango dancers had lower levels of stress hormones and higher levels of testosterone, feeling more relaxed and sexually healthier.

One key is that our brains become distracted when engaged in rhythmic, focused movements, whereby negative thought patters that lead to anxiety and depression are interrupted.Ai?? Also, ai???Depressed patients tend to have a curved back, which brings the head down so itai??i??s facing the ground,ai??? says Donna Newman-Bluestain, a dance therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association.Ai?? ai???Dancing lifts the body to an open, optimistic posture.ai???

When we bring Brain Types into the equation, we must remember that Right brain dominant individuals tend to not only dance more (as they more commonly enjoy spontaneous, unrestricted, “fun” activities), but they are naturally more gifted in fluid, rhythmic motions, allowing them to dance better to begin with.Ai?? This often leaves Left brain dominant individuals uninterested, not even giving it a chance.Ai?? Being more self-conscience also doesn’t help matters, especially Left brain Empiricals.Ai?? In short, they must learn to shut out their naturally restrictive bent, and act, or dance, “like no one’s watching.”

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