The Perfect Day! Part 7

3 pm: In need of some cheering up? Simple tricks that really work

Smiling and thinking of something nice: it can be as ridiculous as that, a British mass experiments shows. The psychologist Richard Wiseman tested 26,000 people.

Wiseman separated the the participants into five groups and had them do simple tasks to tighten their mood for a few minutes over the course of five days. The results show:

  1. The ones who thought about a positive experience of the day before improved their mood by 15 percent.
  2. The ones who thought about things they were thankful for improved their mood by 7 percent.
  3. The ones who just simply smiled for a litte bit improved by 6 percent.
  4. There was less improvement in mood with the ones who thought about the day before in a neutral manner.
  5. The ones that performed random friendly gestures almost didn’t improve at all.
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