That's the finding of a new Norwegian study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It found both men and women who engaged in sports, religious and cultural events reported better health and satisfaction in life.
This was true especially for men.
Study authors say it's possible that the activities may have a beneficial effect on the brain, mind and the immune system.
But, they say, it's also possible that healthier and happier people simply get out more.