If you had to make a wild guess, would you assume that a bronze winner wouldn’t be nearly as happy as silver medal winners? Well, the answer may surprise you!
Bronze medalists are actually much happier than silver medalists, according to a post by Scientific American where they studied research of Olympians.
“On average, the silver medalists scored a 4.8, and the bronze medalists scored a 7.1 immediately following the announcement. Later in the day, at the medal ceremony, the silver medalists scored a 4.3 on the happiness scale, while the bronze medalists scored 5.7. Statistical analyses proved that both immediately after winning, as well as later at the medal ceremony, bronze medalists were visibly happier than the silver medalists.”
Why? Because the silvers are comparing themselves to the golds while the bronzes are comparing themselves to 4th place finishers. Failing doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of your success!