Happy Sweaty People Can Make You Happy Too

Want to feel happy?

Take a good long sniff of a happy person’s stinky armpits and you’ll be good to go – joyfully  skipping off into the sunset.

Happy SweatSeriously?

Sometimes during my research for this blog, I run into articles that tickle my funny bone. I mean, they really did a study on this? The answer is yes – it was a legit study published in the journal, Psychological Science.

Visualize serious scientists from the UK, the Netherlands, and Portugal sticking 12 men into a room and showing them clips of happy and scary movies to evoke feelings of joy and fright, and then playing weather forecasts to produce neutral feelings.

Then they collected sweat from those stinky, hairy armpits. Eeew!

Wait, it gets better. Then, 36 lucky female participants were asked to smell the sweat samples with their facial expressions traced by electrical impulses. Eeew again! Did they get paid or were they volunteers? Inquiring minds want to know.

And, by the way, that seems downright sexist to me. Why didn’t the men have to smell the women’s sweat? Isn’t it enough that we females have periods, give birth, and go through menopause?

Okay, NOT fair, but back to the subject at hand. So, according to the results from this fun study, they discovered human body odor contains chemicals known as “chemosignals” which carry information about emotional states.

In other words, they claim that BO controls emotions.

Supposedly, the women who smelled the “happy sweat” showed facial muscle activity associated with a genuine smile.


So, if you buy into the results of this study and want to boost your happiness levels, just find the happiest person in your vicinity and take a good, strong, whiff of their delightful sweaty armpit and VIOLA! Pure joy!

And if your armpits are so stinky that you make Right Guard turn left, Speed stick slow down, Secret tell all, and Sure confused, as the joke goes – don’t feel bad. In fact, if you’re a happy person, offer your armpits to the nearest depressed person and proudly share the joy.

Just not with me. I’m finding easier ways to boost my happiness levels, thank-you very much!

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Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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4 Responses

  1. When I read this title I thought, “Oh yeah, right! Happy Sweaty people smell is what I want when I’m feeling down.


    They have GOT to be kidding. Of course, maybe that’s why Americans are so depressed – we cover all that wonderful happiness up under what are supposed to be pleasant smelling deodorants.

    I think I’ll try this when I do my first live book signing . . .


    • juliegorges says:

      Thanks for the chuckle, Pearl. Yes, overuse of deodorants just might be the clue to curing all the unhappiness in the world today. Thanks for stopping by, always enjoy your comments!

  2. lynne says:

    Hi, this post made me laugh… I loved reading it.. Thanks for sharing.

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