Want to Feel Better About Yourself? Try Washing your Hands

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Need to feel more optimistic or confident in your decisions? Try washing your hands.

A recent study performed by Dr. Kai Kasper, from Germany’s University of Cologne, reveals that people who cleaned their hands after attempting an impossible task were more confident that they would do better at completing the same task the next time around.

The same study also reveals that, although the clean hands test group felt more optimistic at completing the task the next time around, they were actually less likely to successfully complete it.

“While physical cleansing after failure may eliminate negative feelings,” explains Dr. Kasper, “it reduces the motivation to try harder in a new test situation.” Dr. Kasper’s study is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Either way you look at it, hand washing is physically and emotionally cleansing. And washing your hands immediately after making a difficult decision will help you feel more confident, optimistic, and comfortable with the decision you made.

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