Science never ceases to amaze me. Now there is a study that finds that being too happy is not a good thing. According to an article in the April 2, 2012 edition of The Washington Post entitled “Too much happiness can make you unhappy, studies show”, one can be less happy by being so happy. Sounds oxymoronic to me!
Evidently, according to June Gruber, a professor of psychology at Yale University, we should experience positive moods (like everything else in life) in moderation. According to psychologist Edward Diener, too much happiness can hamper your career; he found from a study of 16,000 people around the world that those who had high job satisfaction early on in their lives, reported that later in their careers they earned a lower income than their less satisfied comrades. Another study of American college freshmen found that years later, these very happy freshmen ended up earning $3,500 less a year than their not so happy peers.
Another study found that students participating as jurors in a mock trial reached different verdicts depending on how happy or unhappy they were; the “happy “jurors , being in a positive mood, were more likely to find the “defendant” guilty while those who were in a neutral mood were equally divided or, in legal parlance, constituted a “hung” jury.
Further, another study found that those jurors who were in a happy mood were less likely to detect that the defendant was lying about committing the crime. In a study involving 117 students at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Professor Joe Forgas showed specially selected video clips to these students to induce them to become either happy (i.e., a positive mood) or not so happy (i.e., a negative mood).The students then watched an interrogation of different “defendants” who allegedly stole a movie theater ticket. Some of these “defendants” had actually stolen the movie ticket but lied about it by denying the theft while others had not stolen the ticket and so were telling the truth when they denied the theft. Professor Forgas found that the “happy” students could detect the guilt only on a 50-50 basis; i.e., simply by mere chance. The not so happy students were able to detect the “guilty” defendant more than 50% of the time.
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