If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, we're here to help. Here are five things you should know if you woke up in a bad mood today.
#1.) Talking to a Stranger Might Help. A study at the University of British Columbia found that even short interactions with someone new can put people in a better mood.
--They think it's because we PRETEND to be cheerful when we're around new people. And just PRETENDING to be happy can make you FEEL happy.
#2.) Talk to Someone Who's in a GOOD Mood. Happy people are pretty much the most annoying thing in the world when YOU'RE not happy.
--But a recent study found that both happiness and depression might be contagious. Obviously not in the way the FLU is contagious. But being around happy people tends to improve your mood . . . which isn't surprising.
#3.) You're Better at Spotting a Lie. Researchers in Australia found that when you're in a good mood, you tend to be more trusting and easier to fool. And when you're in a bad mood, you're more skeptical.
#4.) You're Less Likely to Be Superstitious. That's according to "The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology". When you're happy, you're more likely to follow your gut, even when it's not rational.
#5.) You're Not the Only One. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 9.5% of American adults suffer from mood disorders, including depression.