Julian Huguet: Would you like some snacks?
Participant 1: Ooo yum!
JH: Yes exactly! Would you like any snacks or any?
Participant 2: Yes all of them!
JH: By all means!
JH: In order to be happy, you need to be successful.
Thank you. If you work hard, if you’re good
enough eventually your efforts are going to
be recognized and rewarded. Well what if I
told you you had it backwards.That being successful
doesn’t make lead to happiness, but rather,
happiness leads to success. You need a minute
to process that? It’s fine. I’ll wait.
It’s true! Happy people are better at problem solving,
figuring out new options, and being creative!
Statistically happy people perform better
with marriage, friendships, income, work performance,
and health! I kid you not, someone somewhere
figured that out. I don’t know them, but here.
We wanted to see if we could prove it ourselves
here in our lab. We gathered a selection of
volunteers and we split them into two groups,
a control group and an experimental group.
For the experimental group we tried to change
their mood with something called positive affectivity.
That’s science for we affected them positively.
JH: Would you like some snacks? Would you
like some snacks or any.
Participant 1: Yes, all of them! [laughs]
JH: By all means! We have a video queued up for you that
we’d like you to check out.
JH: We’d also like to thank you for coming
in and sharing your time with us so we’d like
to offer you a gift card.
Participant 3: Sweet!
JH: A gift card for you as another token of
JH: For our control group we gave them nothing.
JH: Then we gave everybody the same problem
solving exercise. We gave everybody ten minutes.
JH: We have a little puzzle for you.
JH: So we have this cork board and a candle,
and a box. Inside this box are tacks and matches.
Your puzzle, should you choose to accept it,
is keeping this cork board upright, you have
to somehow affix this candle to the board
in such a way that when you light it and let
it run down completely none of the wax will
drip on the table, on the support, on the
floor, anything like that. Does that make
Participant 4: Yeah
P3: Anywhere on the cork board?
P2: Am I okay to still eat?
JH: Absolutely! Good luck!
Participant 5: When should I begin?
JH: Now! So would the group we put in a good
mood perform better than the control group?
Let’s find out!
P2: I don’t know how long this is gonna take.
P1: There’s not gonna be wind or anything
like it’s just..nothing crazy like that?
JH: No, we’re not gonna submit it through
like structural test or anything no it’s okay.
P4: I need like Jeopardy music or something like that.
P5: But it’s okay to drip on the board.
JH: The board itself? The cork board? No.
P5: What it’s gonna dissipate?
P1: Can I tear this?
P5: What’s going on right there?
P2: I can use the box too right?
JH: Success! Let me see that candle burning!
Yeah you got it! Way to go!
JH: You melted the wax and stuck it directly
on the cork board. It’s creative, I will give
you that. It’s not the answer.
P6: What do you mean?
JH: Well if you were to light this and the
candle were to meltdown.
P6: Eventually, yeah but that’s gonna happen
however you do it.
JH: Not necessarily!
JH: You got it!
P5: I got it?
JH: Woah, that was close. That was a buzzer
JH: It’s definitely interesting.
JH: I think it’s safe in saying, the simplest
solution we’ve seen all day.
JH: This satisfies all the requirements we
JH: Congratulations let me very carefully.
P4: I don’t want to burn the place down!
JH: Well, what do we have here?
P7: Nothing. [laughs]
JH: I wouldn’t say that!
JH: Do you feel like you’re better at coming
up with options, different options, when you’re
in a good mood?
P4: I would say so, my mind is just more expanded
when I’m in a good mood. It kinda helps me
to just breathe and think about it more instead
of just trying to force it to get done.
JH: Do you think success leads to happiness
or happiness leads to success.
P5: Ah, the age old question. Success is when
preparation meets opportunity, so to answer
your question I think its not relevant in terms
of success. Everybody has their own opinions
on what success is!
JH: Does success lead to happiness or does
happiness lead to success.
P1: Obviously if you’re happy then you’re
probably gonna be more successful and everybody
has different definition of success. So if
you’re happy and you’re doing what you love,
hey you’re successful. So it just depends
on your own definition of success, so I think
happiness has to come first.
JH: Do you think success leads to happiness
or happiness leads to success?
P8: If you’re happier, you probably think
more clearly, more optimistically and then
you have better chances at success.
JH: What are the results? We found that the
group we subjected to positive affectivity
on average solved it 14% faster than the control
group. Now there’s no way to know for sure
if the people we brought in for our experimental
group were just naturally better problem solvers
to begin with. Plus we had a very small sample
size, so the results aren’t bulletproof. But,
take it for what it’s worth! In fact I’ll
even let you in on a little secret. I’m not
a real scientist! Felt good to get that off
my chest. So, go on then, be happy!
[off camera]: What if we’re not happy?
JH: Well it’s funny you should ask that because
I actually have four episodes down here that
can help you flip the switch. I’m Julian and
this has been The Science of Happiness.