- Nudists often claim being naked makes them happier than wearing their clothes
- But the evidence behind whether nudity affects people’s happiness was lacking
- Researchers studied body satisfaction before and after taking clothes off
- They found being naked does make people happier with their bodies
You might think being naked surrounded by a group of total strangers would make you more self-conscious about your body.
But it seems the opposite is true.
Taken part in nudist activities makes people much more satisfied with their bodies, and even their lives, new research suggests.
A group of researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London looked into the links between naturist activities and how satisfied the participants’ felt with their bodies and their lives in general.
The study, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, came to the conclusion that taking off your clothes around strangers is probably good for you.
‘Body image dissatisfaction is a serious, global problem that negatively affects life satisfaction,’ the authors wrote in the study.
‘Several claims have been made about the possible psychological benefits of naturist activities, but very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them.’
Dr Keon West and colleagues asked 850 Brits to fill in an online survey, and found those who spend time naked were happier with their bodies, he explains in a video.
The longer they had been practising naturism and the more frequently they did it, the happier they were, the researchers said.
Original publication 25 January 2017
Posted on NatCorn 20th May 2020
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