Feb 25th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Bronze medals lead to more happiness than silvers.
Researchers analyzed the reaction of Olympic athletes after they were awarded a medal. Interestingly, bronze medalists were more exuberant and appreciative than those who took the silver.
The data was collected from the 1992 summer games in Barcelona; however, anecdotal evidence suggests these reactions are the norm in the current Olympics. (Case in point: Russian figure skater
and bad sport, Evgeni Plushenko
Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor who co-authored the study, explains that silver medalists tend to focus on the fact that they didn't win gold, whereas bronze medalists are thrilled they made the podium at all.
Hopefully this will finally put an end to all that "First is the worst, second the best, third is the one with the hairy chest" nonsense.