A few years ago,
French researchers carried out a simple
but powerful experiment.
They approached people in the street
explained that they just parked their car
and now needed some coins for the parking meter.
The researchers explained that
they only had a banknote
and they asked the person
if they could give them change for the note.
Sometimes they conducted the study when the sun was shining
and other times when it was cloudy.
On sunny days, 22 percent of the people helped,
compared to just 14% on the cloudy days.
Why? Because the sun puts people in a positive mood
are way far more likely to help others when we’re feeling good.
So next time you need a favour,
you want somebody to go on a date with you,
or you need a rise from your boss,
remember to ask when the sun’s shining.
59 SECONDS SUBSCRIBE NOWProfessor Richard Wiseman