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Study shows hot weather makes people cranky
Last Updated: 2017-07-21 07:26 | Xinhua
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Do you feel it's easy to rage about something during the hot waves? Many people have suspected for a long time that if there is a causal relationship between heat and crankiness. A new psychological research result confirms that hot weathers do make people become cranky, according to a report published on Thursday.

Two scholars from different business schools in Europe conducted a three-part study on the subject that exploring the impact of ambient temperature on helping others.

In the first part of the study, the researchers found that when the retail workers at a chain store were in an uncomfortably hot workplace, "they were 50 percent less likely to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as volunteering to help customers, listening actively, and making suggestions to customers," posted on Psychology Today last month.

Another part of the study recruited two groups of college students to complete a survey for a non-profit organization. One group was placed in an overheated room, while the other group of students were in a cooler and more comfortable room. The result is not hard to guess, that the participants in the cooler room were more willing to help.

The result showed that "only 64 percent of participants in the hotter room agree to answer at least one question compared to 95 percent in the cooler room," Psychology Today noted.

The reason for such a result is that heat affects our body directly, and the high weather temperature can make your body temperature go up, and your heart beat rate and blood pressure rises at the same time, which is known to be related to the aggressive behaviors. According to the study, a comfortable temperature at workplace can bring high productivity for business owners, reported.

Deep breathing is a good way to control or get rid of the heat rage. When you realized that you are going to be irritated, make a deep breath with a long exhale is "always going to be the quickest way to engage the "tending-and -befriending" mechanisms of you parasympathetic vagus system" , Psychology Today posted.

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