Science sometimes has a reputation of being callous and cold, nevertheless there are a good amount of feel good scientific facts out there that prove otherwise. For example, did you know that being in love can improve your immune system and make you feel stronger? Or that flipping through old photos has a greater positive effect on your mood than eating chocolate? (Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true, unlike the facts found in our Science “Facts” That Were Proven Wrong list.) Or get this; the galaxy (according to chemical analyses) smells like strawberries and tastes like rum! No wonder why so many people want to be astronauts, right? See, these made me feel better already, how about You? Don’t let the logical thinkers hog all the fun, there’s ample room for emotional free thinkers like you and I in science. So if you are one of the many people who happen to have the misconception that science lacks a heart, strap yourself in for one of the most feel good scientific facts list you’ll ever read because these are 25 Happy Scientific Facts To Make You Feel Good.
A study conducted by Jeannette Haviland-Jones of Rutgers University in New Jersey showed that wearing perfume/cologne (especially floral scents) will increase your social interaction and help you get good vibes even if you’re not surrounded by pleasant company.
According to psychologist Rich Walker of Winston-Salem State University, people who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones compared to people who have fewer experiences. In other words, try new things and you won’t regret it.
The Quality of Life Research Study at Harvard University showed that people who believe in a higher power and are active in their religious communities are more content than people who are not religious.
A study conducted by the University of Coventry, England, in which four thousand adults were polled about their happiness, showed that healthy eaters who ate four servings of fruits and vegetables every day felt the best emotionally.
Music has the power to evoke autobiographical memories (MEAMs) not just in healthy people but also in patients who suffer from acquired brain injury (ABI). Scientists tested people who suffer from brain damage by playing them all fifty No. 1 songs of the year from 1960 to 2010. In almost all cases, some of the patients’ previously lost memories returned.
New studies have found that listening to music you really like makes you more generous, altruistic, and understanding.
Various experiments have shown that chimps will help both unrelated chimps and even humans reach an object out of their grasp when no reward is offered. Looking for unconditional love anyone?
By making plans for your future you improve your happiness even if you don’t accomplish the goals you set. A study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that the highest spike in happiness occurred, for example, during the planning stage of a vacation as people enjoy the anticipation.
Cuddling is really good for you! While cuddling, Oxytocin is released which, as we discussed in the previous fact, has a host of health benefits.
In a 2007 study from England’s University of Nottingham, Professor Ian Macdonald discovered that people who drank hot cocoa and ate chocolate experienced a boost in blood flow to “key areas” of the brain for two to three hours. In addition to boosting general alertness, this might also increase performance at certain tasks. Who doesn’t love eating chocolate and becoming smarter while doing it?
According to a 2004 study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, physical contact with partners can lead to reduced heart rates. By increasing your hug ratio you also reduce blood pressure, increase healing, and reduce food cravings.
A study of volunteering in Germany explored how volunteers were negatively affected when their opportunities to help others was taken away. The study showed that helping others without expecting anything back makes you happier than money.
Blind people (who were born blind) smile, even if they’ve never seen a smile before. This means smiling is a natural human expression.
Due to atmospheric pressure, it’s believed that it rains diamonds on Jupiter and Saturn.
Scientists believe the center of the galaxy smells like raspberries and tastes like rum. This theory is solely based on the center’s chemical composition.
25 Happy Scientific Facts To Make You Feel Good