The findings of a new study have revealed how sweat could also help bring positive emotions in humans, and these emotions are detected by others as well, which could help bring happiness to them as well, thereby clarifying the fact that happiness is actually truly contagious.
“This suggests that somebody who is happy will infuse others in their vicinity with happiness. In a way, happiness sweat is somewhat like smiling – it is infectious,” the researchers said.
The researchers found that chemical compounds called chemosignals are what are responsible for this spread of happiness, and these chemicals are found in human sweat.
They took in 12 male non smokers for the study who were free of any psychological disorders and didn’t take any medications whatsoever. They also recruited 36 women for the study who were asked to smell the sweat samples obtained from these men.
These women were too, free from any psychological disorders, respiratory problems and any other type of disease.
They found that the women demonstrated an increase in the activity of the medial frontalis muscle of the face when they were exposed to fear sweat, while the effects were quite different when they were asked to smell the ‘happy sweat.’
“Being exposed to sweat produced under happiness induces a simulacrum of happiness in receivers, and induces a contagion of the emotional state,” the researchers explained. “Somebody who is happy will infuse others in their vicinity with happiness.”
While these findings are in the preliminary stage now, and further investigation is needed to confirm these findings, they seem to be really promising.