Household chores are an unavoidable and unending part of our lives. Very few of us enjoy cleaning and some even try to avoid it completely. But have you ever noticed that you finish more chores when you are happy? Well, researchers from Harvard Medical School did.
After completing a behavioural study of almost 30,000 people, the research team found that the majority of them were far more likely to take care of necessary, but boring, tasks when in a good mood. It may seem odd that we tend to seek out a happiness-destroying activity, such as housework when we wake up in a good mood. However, the authors of the study believe that this could be one way in which our brain can ensure that these unwelcome jobs get done. (more…)