Ever Wondered Why Bronze Medalists Are Happier Than Silver Winners In Olympics?

Ever Wondered Why Bronze Medalists Are Happier Than Silver Winners In Olympics?
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No wonder we all must have been haunted by the fantasy of "what if", having the expectation that we might have had better. May it be a better job, a better house or a better achievement.

With not less than one day left in the Rio Olympics 2016, where every player would be competing for a medal or a medal ranked higher than another medal, I think we all would like to know the psychology of the participants.

We all have been reading about the Olympic facts from past few weeks, but I am sure that this would also sum up to your interest, it being a hidden fact.

We all have been reading about the Olympic facts from past few weeks, but I am sure that this would also sum up to your interest, it being a hidden fact.

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Well, I suppose it is not difficult to interpret the faces here.

Well, I suppose it is not difficult to interpret the faces here.
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But how can a silver medalist be less happy than the bronze winner, I mean we all know silver is better than bronze in all cases.

But
 how can a silver medalist be less happy than the bronze winner, I mean 
we all know silver is better than bronze in all cases.
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The research seems to have a scientific reason behind it as per Hamlet's famous line ,"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

This looks like a universal acceptance.

This looks like a universal acceptance.

Whom should we feel sorry for? For the silver medalist or for the one who didn't even win a medal?

But how can a silver medalist be less happy than the bronze winner, I mean we all know silver is better than bronze in all cases.

But
 how can a silver medalist be less happy than the bronze winner, I mean 
we all know silver is better than bronze in all cases.
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The reason behind these facial expressions could be better explained by the "counterfactual thinking."

We can see that the smile of the bronze medalist glitters more than his medal.

We can see that the smile of the bronze medalist glitters more than his medal.
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The silver medalist looks more depressed because of his incapability to achieve the gold medal and on the other hand, bronze medalist looks happier because he could have been returning home even without a medal.

The now turned Olympic gold medalist took the silver medal as her inspiration.

The now turned Olympic gold medalist took the silver medal as her inspiration.
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Counterfactual Thinking is also considered to be inspirational since it leaves the silver medalist unsatisfactory, motivating for the gold medal.

The focus of the silver medalist remains on the fact that he "almost" won the gold.

The focus of the silver medalist remains on the fact that he
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This type of psychology may generate in any person competing at any level of competition and not just in Olympics, but I think what matters is at least you had the chance to participate and represent yourself.

But here's how you can make use of Counterfactual Thinking (according to psychologytoday.com):

1) Maximize your happiness.

2) Motivate yourself to act and change.

3) Give meaning to life events.

4) Improve your analytical thinking.

Hurray! The Olympics are on the way.

Hurray! The Olympics are on the way.
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So let's just keep the fear of "who will win" aside and enjoy the Olympics since it happens once in four years.

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