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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Sisters Make the World a Better Place


If you grew up with at least one sister, you are generally a happier and more balanced adult than if you had grown up without a female sibling in the family. These are the findings of a London survey done in 2009 and presented to The British Psychological Society.

“Sisters appear to encourage more open communication and cohesion in families… Emotional expression is fundamental to good psychological health and having sisters promotes this in families,” says Professor Tony Cassidy of Ulster’s School of Psychology.

Cassidy, who conducted the study of 571 participants between the ages of 17 and 25, found that people who grew up without a sister tend to be more distressed.

So, if you have at least one sister, give her a hug! Odds are that she has provided you with better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities than if you had grown up without her.

For more information on this study, please visit London’s University of Ulster.

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