A new study suggests that behavior can drive emotion — at least in the case of displaying extroversion which is associated with being happy.
So, happy is as happy does, as researchers discover acting extroverted led to more positive feelings across several cultures.
Moreover, individuals also reported more upbeat behavior when they feel free to be themselves.
Study findings were recently published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
"We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in daily behavior can lead to more positive moods.
However, we are probably the first to extend this finding to a variety of cultures," said Timothy Church, Ph.D., professor of counseling psychology at Washington State University.
Previous studies have shown that in the U.S., introverts experience greater levels of happiness when they engage in extroverted behaviors — like smiling at a passerby or calling an old friend.