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Have you ever wondered why people do what they do? Well, scientists around the world have wondered the same thing, hence why there has always been a considerable focus on the study of the human body (especially the brain). Through numerous tests and studies, many interesting psychology facts have been developed. Some are expected, while others bring about a wave of shock. However, they all explain a lot. 

Here’s a list of 10 of the most interesting psychology facts that certainly explain day-to-day actions and emotions.

1. If we have a plan B, the original plan is less likely to work. 

Sometimes it hurts to be over-prepared. By making a plan B, we are setting ourselves up for failure. This trains our brain to think the original plan will fail and, with this mentality, it often will. 

2. Harmless fear can feel good.

Fear induces adrenaline and our brains live for adrenaline, so much so that we often put ourselves into situations that stimulate this. When there’s no real danger, adrenaline induced by fear can be riveting.  

3. It takes five positive experiences to outweigh a single negative moment. 

Our brains naturally focus on the negative aspects of everyday life. One bad occurrence and our days seem to be ruined. Studies have actually proven that it usually takes about five positive events to cancel out the one negative event.

4. Food tastes better when someone else makes it. 

Have you ever wondered why your mom’s meals always taste better, even when you use the same recipe? This is because food generally tastes better when prepared by someone else. When you make a meal, so much time is spent around it that by the time you actually indulge the excitement is gone. 

5. We’d rather know something bad is coming than not know what to expect.

Humans generally have a fear of being unprepared. We plan our days out so meticulously just to avoid this. People feel the need to mentally and physically prepare for whatever could be thrown their way. Even though bad news is never enjoyable, surprisingly, most would prefer the dread of knowing something bad is about to occur over the fear of not knowing at all.

6. Multitasking is actually impossible. 

In a world as fast-paced as ours, multitasking seems vital. However, it’s actually impossible. We are physically not able to completely focus on two different tasks. When people say they are multitasking, they are actually giving about half effort to each undertaking.

7. People generally enjoy the music they listened to in high school the most.

Our brains develop significantly throughout the years we are in high school. From ages 12–22 everything seems more important so our brains tend to hang on to those memories fondly. Therefore, we have a long-lasting connection to the music we listened to in high school. 

8. We always look for problems and consequently we always find them. 

People always wonder why problems seem to always come up. Well it’s because we are always looking for them. We live in an extremely negative society. Our brains are wired to look for the worst in every situation. The reason problems often seem to pile up is because we are constantly searching for them. 

9. Our brain tosses aside long-term deadlines. 

Humans as a whole struggle with procrastination. Assignments without immediate due dates are quickly forgotten in the internal chaos. Our brains are based on endurance and it ranks survival skills above all else, pushing those trivial assignments to the end of the list. 

10. Money, when spent in the right way, can actually lead to happiness. 

Everyone knows the saying: “money doesn’t lead to happiness.” However, in some situations, this statement can actually be false. Money, when spent for personal gain, will not lead to long-term happiness. On the other hand, money spent for the good of others induces lasting happiness.