It takes us an average of 25 minutes to get to work every morning. We bump bumpers on the freeway, shoulder shoulders on the subway. By the time you get to your desk, you’ll feel fried–and unable to think creatively. Which is precisely why you need to watch this baby laugh.
In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, a team led by researcher Ruby Nadler found the hilarious trumps the tragic in cases of creativity.
Her team gave subjects audio and video inputs, each on a range of negative, neutral, or positive emotional impact. Negative videos included a news report on a Chinese earthquake, the neutral had a clip from Antiques Roadshow, and the positive that giggling boy from above. After being primed with that content, the subjects played a game where they had to learn to recognize a pattern.
Who did best? The folks that got giggled by the boy above.
Read the whole story: Fast Company