Thursday, June 03, 2010

Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'

SHOOT: I think a bit of grumpiness is also more in tune with the world. The world isn't a happy place, and yeah, you can fake it till you make it, but I think people can sniff out artifice. I think one needs to break out of a rut every so often, whether it's a happy rut or a rut of depression. Refresh, and then continue. I think grumpiness is common in writers and editors who have to remain super-attentive.
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In a bad mood? Don't worry - according to research, it's good for you.

An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.

In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.

While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine.

Negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world

Professor Joe Forgas

His earlier work shows the weather has a similar impact on us - wet, dreary days sharpened memory, while bright sunny spells make people forgetful.

The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments, which Forgas said showed that a "mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style".

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