The psychological facts that you might unaware of.
In a busy world that we live in, sometimes we have no idea what is really happening. As a result, we encounter more questions than answers.
To answer your questions, you need to understand some of the psychological phenomena that may play important roles in your daily living.
Take a look at the following psychological facts that might affect your daily life.
1. Every song is likely associated with an emotional event.
One study found that your favorite music is associated with an intense emotional event. For instance, if you have just experienced a relationship breakup, a song that you heard either deliberately or by chance, becomes associated with the pain you experienced.
2. Music affects how you think about the world.
Obviously, music and mood are interrelated. Sad songs will ignite sad emotions. However, one study found that music does not only affect our emotion but also affect our perception of the world.
In the said study, the researchers found that happy music allows people to see happy faces and sad music makes people see sad faces even there’s nothing to see.
But how this happens?
The researchers concluded that our brain interprets what we see using not only our previous experiences but also our mood.
3. Money can’t buy happiness unless you spend it with other people.
You can be happier by spending your money with others. Giving makes you feel good. In fact, one study found that giving creates a social connection – the bigger your social network, the happier you become.
4. Happiness is a result of wonderful experiences.
A number of studies found that good experiences can make you happier than having good stuff. In other words, you can’t be happier by owning a new house or a new car. But wonderful experience does. This includes adventures, social interactions, having a pet, and other simple activities.
5. People are getting more anxious than ever.
Some studies had found that people (this may include every one of us) suffer anxiety more than ever. In fact, the number is increasing every decade.
The reason for our anxiety is the lack of social connection. And the lack of social connection is the result of the busy industrial world. People tend to work more jobs and less religious participation.
This is one of the alarming psychological facts. Imagine what would it be like 50 years from now?
6. Religiosity and spirituality can reduce stress.
People who engage in religious practices found to have a lower level of stress and other mental health issues. Researchers found that the belief in eternal life helps people to cope stressful situations like work-related stress.
7. Earning more than $75,000 a year can’t make you happier.
Really? Of course, earning more money can make you happy. But not more than $75,000 a year. According to a study, Americans who earn more than a hundred thousand dollars a year have a lower level of daily happiness than those who earn $75,000 or less per year.
However, this does not mean that earning more money decreases happiness. In this case, we need to understand that happiness has different facets.
For instance, you can be happy for a moment but generally, you are not satisfied with your life. Have you heard the term subjective well-being? It’s a general assessment of one’s life. It involves work and marital satisfaction.
Happiness, on the other hand, is a momentary feeling of joy. In other words, people are happier earning up to $75,000. But earning more than that can make you more satisfied.
8. Happiness is contagious.
If you surround yourself with happy people, you’ll become happier. In contrast, if you are seeing stressed people you’ll also become stressed. One of the surprising psychological facts is that both stress and happiness are contagious.
9. The millennials are more stressed out than other age groups.
One study found that people aged 18-33 years are more stressed than older people. The reason being is that this group of people live in a challenging time – more expectations and economic problems.
10. A sleep can be manipulated.
Researchers found that believing you’ve slept well even you haven’t, has a positive impact on your performance. In fact, those who believe they have deep sleep outperform those who did not believe they’ve slept well. They call it “placebo sleep.”
11. Low-ability people are overconfident while high-ability people underestimate themselves.
It is commonly known as the “Dunning-Kruger-Effect” a cognitive bias which states that people (both low and high ability) wrongly assess their real capability.
12. Recalling a memory often makes it inaccurate.
One of the most interesting psychological facts is that the more you recall a certain event, the more you inaccurately remember it.
In fact, a study found that “our brains are constantly betraying us, transforming our memories every time we think about them.”
13. You can be the more rational decision maker when you use a foreign language.
Whether you are aware of it or not, your decisions are affected by a systematic and automatic thinking process. Being systematic means that you try to make rational choices.
But automatic thinking puts you in danger of giving irrational and compulsive judgment. Some research, however, tried to control or perhaps, minimize the possibility of committing faulty-automatic judgment.
One study found that using foreign language forces your brain to think systematically and rationally.
14. A goal that is shared may never be achieved.
The reason why you should not share your plans with your friends is that it “satisfies your self-identity just enough that you’re less motivated to do the hard work needed.“
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.