Friday, October 01, 2010
"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Misery may love company, but not as much as happiness does, reveals a new study at the University of Sheffield in England. Professor of psychology Peter Totterdell, PH.D., surveyed athletic teams' attitudes during a four-day competion and found that players who believed their teammates were in a good mood were more likely to feel happy themselves. What's more, the happier a person felt, the better he played. "A bad mood diverts attention from performance, but a good one increases your effort and persistence in getting the job done," explains Totterdell.
Is it possible that you can actually "catch" other people's happy vibes? You may do it already, say Totterdell. Because outward signs of bliss are hard to disguise, many people subconsciously pick up on the good moods of those around them. For insance, "most people interpret a smile on a coworker's face as happiness and find themselves adjusting their own expression-and mood-to match hers," Totterdell says. So start grinning, already: You might spread it around.