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Looking forward to the time after the Corona crisisanticipation is indeed the most beautiful joy

Many of us are looking forward to the time after the Corona crisis. Others are skeptical about how things will go from here. The anticipation now helps us best to get out of the corona low. And we can use that consciously.

Finally meet friends again or go to a club! Or go to the cinema with friends! Many of us are looking forward to it. Others, on the other hand, are still skeptical because they don't know what will happen when the corona easing takes effect. There is no anticipation for the time being.

Right now it is very important that we feel anticipation, says happiness and motivation researcher Michaela Brohm-Badry from the University of Trier. Because: anticipation can really make you happy, she explains.

Hope comes from anticipation

When we feel anticipation, there is always a feeling of hope that it will be more beautiful in the future, explains Michaela Brohm-Badry. Many studies have shown that hope is one of the most valuable feelings we humans can have.

"We should look forward to it now, because joy keeps this hope high. The hope that it will be beautiful in the future. And hope is one of the most precious feelings."
Michaela Brohm-Badry, happiness and motivation researcher

Sick people can heal the strong feeling of hope, for example, while dying people can let go through the feeling of hope, according to the psychologist. So hope give us strength. A study from Bonn showed that hope can also relieve stress and alleviate depression.

The anticipation tricks our body

That's why people who go on four or five short vacations a year are demonstrably happier than those of us who only go on one or two larger trips a year, says the happiness researcher. So: the more often we can look forward to something, the better.

Because when we really look forward to a moment from the future, our brain is tricking our body, explains Michaela Brohm-Badry: With anticipation, we pull the feelings of happiness from the future into the present, so to speak, and thus achieve a release of endorphins, similar an endogenous opium. In this way we achieve a feeling of happiness that we normally only feel in the moment of experience, she explains.

"We have drawn these feelings of happiness into the present and have endorphin releases as a result - something like an endogenous opium, so to speak. We usually only have that in the presence of joy."
Michaela Brohm-Badry, happiness and motivation researcher

We even produce more endogenous opium with the anticipation of events than with the anticipation of material things, as the US psychologist Amit Kumar found out in a study.

We can control our emotions in half

Unfortunately, not all of us can feel the same amount of anticipation. Motivation researcher Michaela Brohm-Badry explains that around half of emotions are genetically determined, the other half are shaped by our own decisions and experiences in life.

"All studies suggest that roughly half of our emotions are genetically determined and the other half are shaped by our own decisions and our own lives."
Michaela Brohm-Badry, happiness and motivation researcher

We could increase our anticipation, for example, by mentally anticipating future experiences. We should imagine in as much detail as possible how a movie night with friends could go off, for example. What do we smell, what do we hear and see, what do we feel?

If the anticipation doesn't work so well on its own and the corona crisis is still dragging us down, then it helps above all to surround yourself with positive and motivating people, whether by video call or at a distance of 1.5 meters in the park - it doesn't matter where: Emotions are always contagious.