Do Saunas Make People Happier?

Do sauna baths make the bathers happier? Though it’s a question without any hard scientific proof, a new study seems to back up the idea that lifestyle choices such as regular use of a sauna (or steam room) does indeed make people happier.

The Washington Post recently published the results of a 2010 Gallup Poll about the world’s 15 happiest countries. In this study, Finland is in a tie for number five, and Denmark and Sweden tie for the number one spot. It’s interesting to note that these three Scandinavian countries have a culture where the regular familial use of the traditional Scandinavian sauna is widespread.

With the already well known benefits of saunas such as increased circulation and relaxation, and the new possibility of increased happiness, what would stop you from indulging in a sauna bath?