- Does mental satisfaction lead to physical satisfaction?
- Does physical satisfaction lead to mental satisfaction?
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The Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario is pretty unambiguous about the bidirectionally causal relationships between physical and mental well-being:
The Mental Health Foundation's report, "Let's get physical: The impact of physical activity on wellbeing" offers a good review of several connections between exercise and well-being of both kinds. It's very broad, yet accessible, so I'll let it speak for itself. A peer-reviewed research literature review on the same topic is also available (Penedo & Dahn, 2005), as well as some original correlational research that linked physical and psychological health subjectively (Edwards, Ngcobo, Edwards, & Palavar, 2005). These are just some quick results from a Google search for "physical mental well-being correlation"; plenty more out there.
- Edwards, S. D., Ngcobo, H. S., Edwards, D. J., & Palavar, K. (2005). Exploring the relationship between physical activity, psychological well-being and physical self-perception in different exercise groups. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 27(1), 75–90. Retrieved from http://www.sirc.ca/newsletters/mid-jan10/documents/S-996370.pdf.