'Happy Sweat' Is A Thing And It May Be Contagious

April 23, 2015 2:44 PM

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'Happy Sweat' Is A Thing And It May Be Contagious

When you experience joy, you produce chemical compounds that others pick up on when they smell your sweat, according to a small study just published in the journal Psychological Science. Those chemicals create a contagion effect, so that your happy sweat can make others feel happier, too.

To study the phenomenon, researchers had 12 men watch three videos, each clip designed to incite a fearful, happy or neutral emotional state. They gathered underarm sweat samples from the men after each video, and also had them complete a survey which measured their emotional states. The study leade...

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