n. A physical activity that improves mental health, particularly by reducing stress or anxiety.
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Needlepoint as a 'behaviorceutical'? We think so!
—Hillside Needlepoint, “Needlepoint as a…,” Twitter, April 02, 2018
"I made up this term called 'behaviorceuticals,' instead of pharmaceuticals, in the sense that when we move and when we engage in activities, we change the neurochemistry of our brain in ways that a drug can change the neurochemistry of our brain," said Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the University of Richmond.
—“How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry,” CBS News, March 18, 2018
Behavioural problems in families, schools, workplaces and public places are on the rise. In turn, it has given rise to new market in the form of 'behaviourceutical' being practiced by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists and social psychologists.
—Lalit Kishore, “Behaviourceutical is here to cure you of your bad habits and behaviours,” Merinews, October 28, 2017
2011 (earliest)
I admit it. I made up this word. But why not behaviorceuticals? We have pharmaceuticals and, more recently, neutraceuticals. …After considering the therapeutic effects of running, there is no doubt that this behavior has a healthy effect on the brain and, although the research is in its infancy, offers considerable promise as a form of treatment or preventative medicine for several neural diseases.
—Kelly Lambert, The Lab Rat Chronicles, Penguin, June 07, 2011