Study: Humans needed to 'party' to survive
By: Jose Sepulveda
Humans have danced since they could walk.
Whether they were dancing to celebrate a harvest, or were simply praising the gods, humans have always had the need to shake their groove thang.
Studies now show that dancing collectively is more than just fun. Busting a move is actually a human need, and back in the days of cavemen, being a good dancer could find you a good mate among other things.
In other words, cavemen really were just like us.
Sociologists refer to the dancing as "collective effervescence." This is a type of electricity that is released while raising the roof, and passed on to others.
The phenomenon has roots from religious rituals where people are often led by someone to an uplifting experience. This is similar to a DJ at a club, or a band at a concert.
The study also showed people who are lighter on their feet have higher levels of serotonin, a chemical that boosts your mood. Even as far back as 1.5 million years ago, being in a good mood was a good way to help your chances of catching that cute caveman, or cavewoman, across the cave.
Again, we could certainly stand to learn a thing or two from those crafty cavemen.
Now you can guiltlessly enjoy your Saturday night collective effervescence, because you know you need to!
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