If your kid (evidence only for kids <3) is acting out his/her terrible two part — there is a solution: Queen and Michael Jackson. My 2.5 year-old daughter asked for a few encores of “Rock You” song. And, if you ignore the lyrics and just groove, PYT, Beat It, and Billie Jean are winners. We jammed for a good 20-30 minutes — and she transformed back into her fun self. I had forgotten how fun it is to break loose and dance. I wonder what happens between the body and the mind that releases all those good vibes.
Still, dance boosts mood more than does exercise alone. In a study at the University of London, researchers assigned patients with anxiety disorders to spend time in one of four therapeutic settings: a modern-dance class, an exercise class, a music class, or a math class. Only the dance class significantly reduced anxiety.