Key to outsmart “hangry”
Next time you feel frustrated or mad, pause to think about whether or not you are hungry. In a study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, subjects participated in a stressful scenario, then filled out a questionnaire. Those who were asked to recognize hunger as a possible source of their negative emotions reported 94% more positive feelings than those who weren’t directed to think about hunger. The study authors say simply acknowledging that hunger has power over emotions serves to ease negative feelings—even if those feelings aren’t actually due to hunger.