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How Your Sweaty Yoga Class Might Make You Happier

Research shows there could be a second reason you’re upbeat after that killer yoga class.

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Research shows there could be a second reason you’re upbeat after that killer yoga class.

There could be a second reason you’re upbeat after yoga class: the scent of other happy yogis around you. In a study published in Psychological Science, researchers asked participants to watch film clips that elicited different emotions, then collected sweat samples and had others inhale the vials. Exposure to “happy sweat” made them smile and feel happier themselves. The researchers credit chemosignals, odors produced by the body that can transfer emotions to others. Makes a strong case for squeezing your mat into a crowded studio more often.

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