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People in peppy moods are more likely to do dreary tasks

Are you drawn to do loads of laundry or vacuum when you’re feeling cheerful? If so, a new study says you’re not out of the ordinary. The study says people are 30% more likely to pursue unappealing tasks like cleaning when they’re in good moods, and that they’re twice as likely to seek out mood-boosting activities like exercise when they feel grumpy, Ars Technica reports. The researchers, who published their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, used a smartphone app to survey more than 28,000 people on their moods and activities throughout their days. Although more data are needed to understand why we do dull tasks when we wake up on the right side of the bed, there could be a link to how mood affects energy levels and the ability to focus.

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