August 22, 2011
You may know the saying, "cleanliness is next to godliness," and according to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, it may also be next to confidence. This month, Allure Magazine reported on the journal's findings, citing that "a person's willingness to take a risk depended on whether or not she had recently washed her hands."
The use of soap in particular was telling. Those who had recently given their hands a good lather were more likely to take risks or make bold choices. This phenomenon is called "magical beliefs," in which a person feels she can influence the outcome of a situation based on an arbitrary "control" factor, even if the move is subconscious.
Before you find yourself reaching for the nearest bottle of suds, however, take heed. Another article published by Allure suggested that people who wash their hair in the morning are more likely to be critical of others.
It seems that the power of a good cleanse shouldn't be underestimated. If you want to give your ego a little jump start, try lathering up with Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Soapy Suds. If you prefer bar soaps, you may enjoy the Wild Ginger, Carrot and Vetiver Soap from Mandara Spa instead. Just don't let that ego boost turn into an ego trip!