Motivator TV series motivate the brain to change its moods and help people feel better about themselves and the world, according to new research from Northwestern University.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We’re talking about a lot of people who are trying to change their lives in a big way,” said study author Dr. Sarah Wasserstrom, assistant professor of psychology at Northwestern University and lead author of the study.
“They’re going through some hard times and they’re struggling to find the right words, they’re having trouble expressing their feelings, they need a way to talk to someone.”
“It’s really important to understand that these behaviors are not necessarily good or bad,” she added.
The findings were based on the study of more than 300 participants.
Participants watched a series of motivational television shows designed to promote positive self-evaluations.
The researchers found that participants in the MotivateTV series experienced a significant increase in happiness and well-being during the days leading up to and during their emotional outbursts.
They also saw a dramatic decrease in negative emotions as they watched the series.
“These are the kinds of emotions that you’re likely to experience, in your own life, if you are having trouble controlling it,” said Wasser, adding that people can also change their moods if they have some emotional support.
The results also suggest that the motivational TV shows can help people improve their mood and reduce their stress.
“There are some things that motivate people to be positive and make them feel good,” said Dr. James Miller, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern and the study’s senior author.
“One of them is the content of the programs.
You could have a really nice video about how the universe works, or a great book, or some great music, or if you can find something really positive about yourself, there’s a lot to be motivated by.”
The study also found that the MotivationTV shows helped people who were already stressed reduce their level of stress and anxiety, a positive effect.
“The programs also encouraged people to talk about things that were really important in their lives and make the important conversations,” Wasser said.
“In the last three months, we’ve seen a tremendous uptick in happiness,” Miller said.
“And it was all thanks to the MotivatedTV shows.”
While the MotivatingTV series does not change a person’s actual mood, it does influence a person to be more motivated and to be better at controlling their emotions.
The show’s creators are seeking funding for future research to see if the motivational programming can be applied to other areas of life.