Walking offers some surprising psychological benefits. If you’ve ever gone out for a walk in a huff and come back feeling more calm and collected, you know firsthand that walking can help reduce stress. Studies confirm that walking benefits your mood — and may even ward off depression as well as an antidepressant does! Walking may give you a mood boost by releasing your body’s natural happy drugs — endorphins. And if you always tell someone about your walk after you’re done (do it!), you’ll be full of pride at your accomplishment, which helps increase your self-esteem.