Individuals who are in a good mood tend to be more creative and effective at problem solving than their negative counterparts, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario.
In a study that was published in the journal Psychological Science, a team of scientists found that brain potential is actually enhanced when people listen to upbeat music or watch humorous or touching videos.
"If you have a project where you want to think innovatively, or you have a problem to carefully consider, being in a positive mood can help you to do that," said Ruby Nadler, lead author.
The researchers tested their theory by inducing either positive, neutral or negative moods in study participants, then examining their performances on a complex visual learning test.
They found that those who were put in a happy mood – though listening to Mozart or watching a video of a laughing baby – were better able to solve the puzzle than the other two groups.
Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee believes that positive thought has the ability to lead to peace on Earth. He has developed meditation techniques that help people strengthen their minds and realize their true brain potential – which may even include a boost in creativity.