Need an excuse to watch funny YouTube videos at work? There may finally be justification for doing so. A study published in Psychological Science showed how mood affects creativity. The study put subjects into different moods by showing them video clips and then asking them to complete a creative thinking task using visually complex patterns. The subjects were shown a happy video (a laughing baby), a sad video (a news report about an earthquake), and a video that didn’t affect mood.
Those that had watched the humorous video performed better. Ruby Nadler, one of the researchers conducting the study, summed up the results “if you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you to do that.” This benefits not only employees, but also employers as they end up with employees that are better at creative problem solving and also are in a more positive mood.
If you are interested in more tips on how to improve your creativity, check out this blog post by Annie Murphy Paul. She has some great ideas that may help your mornings. So go ahead and watch this video of a baby laughing and get your creative boost!
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