Think Again: The 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

Hungry, cranky or wearing jeans? Your mood, outfit and even stance can affect the decisions you make. Learn to spot and stop these blockers, and you'll start living a life without regrets (11 Photos)

Yelena Shuster on May 2, 2012 at 11:47AM

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Think Again: The 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

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You're Leaning...Like, Physically

Here's a fun fact: When thinking about numbers, our minds imagine smaller numbers to the left and larger numbers to the right. According to studies conducted at the University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, manipulating your body's tilt influences how you estimate quantities. The study noted that even when you're unaware of your body's angle, you estimate smaller when leaning left and higher when leaning right. And it goes beyond numbers -- the participants that leaned right during the study over-estimated the height of the Eifel Tower, percentage of alcohol in whiskey, among other quantities.

How to avoid a big oops: Be aware of your posture when estimating, like how big of a house you need or how many hors d'oeuvres you need for your wedding. One harmless lean to the left could make a difference -- and a hungry crowd.

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