Next time you're in the Winter Olympics, if you can't win gold, go for the bronze. It sounds counterintuitive, but according to new research, you'll be way happier than if you come in second.
After studying athletes' reactions and body language on the podium and interviewing Olympians, researchers have found that, on average, those who take home bronze are happier than silver-medal winners. USA Today reports:
"When you come in second," said Thomas Gilovich, chairman of Cornell's psychology department and one of the study's co-authors, "it's the most natural thing in the world to look upward. 'I got the silver and that's what it is, but what is it not? It's not the gold.'
"With the bronze, the natural place to look is downward. 'I got the bronze. That's what it is, but what it isn't is off the medal stand.'"
Cheer up, silver medalists! You're still better than literally every other person in the world at your sport, except one. That's pretty good. Of course, there are exceptions.
"When we documented the trend, there were some silver medalists who were delighted and some bronze medalists who were crushed," Gilovich said. "But on average, the weight of the data showed there was this significant tendency for bronze medalists to be happier."
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