10 Lab-Tested Ways to Bring Out the Best in People
The behavioral psychologists asked volunteers to do various exercises, such as marching, singing, and clapping cups over their mouths. Afterward, in a game involving real money, people who had been instructed to perform synchronously were more generous, trusting, and cooperative (even if the activity didn't actually make them happier) than the group who had been doing the same things out of sync. This helps to explain why group rituals like praying, bowling and chanting in unison are so heart-opening. Of course, the same applies to karaoke singing, head-banging, bathroom cleaning—anything, really, as long as it's in sync.