|Winter Sunshine (Laszlo Mednyanszky)|
Numerous studies have shown that people tend to be more upbeat on sunny days.
Melissa Dahl of TODAY reports on the "extensive literature" that shows "a link between weather and mood." Social psychologists have found that "life really does seem better in the sunshine."
Dahl explains that even just the suggestion of sunshine can inspire
customers to leave better tips. If a server so much as mentions a sunny weather report, some extra cash could soon be flowing in his or her direction.
There is also a "Sunshine Samaritan" effect in which people are more likely to practice acts of kindness while
catching some rays. During one study, a glove was purposely dropped on the sidewalk by someone walking in a crowd. It turned out that passersby were much more likely to return the glove to its obvious owner if the skies were bright at the time.
If you're into positive feedback, try this: Ask people how life is going on sunny days, rather than on dreary ones. In this way, your exposure to tales of woe might be greatly diminished. You may even walk away beaming.
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