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Feeling grumpy 'is good for you'

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.

'Eeyore days'

The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain "promotes information processing strategies".

He asked volunteers to watch different films and dwell on positive or negative events in their life, designed to put them in either a good or bad mood.

Next he asked them to take part in a series of tasks, including judging the truth of urban myths and providing eyewitness accounts of events.

Those in a bad mood outperformed those who were jolly - they made fewer mistakes and were better communicators.

Professor Forgas said: "Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world."

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".

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

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The Grumpy people give me much happiness and perspective. I could not live without them.
Hey. will you kids get of my lawn?!
It would appear that Nick Danger is doing just fine according to the study....lol
I would agree with you but then I'd ruin my image
oh please then don't do it Nick, step away....Perfect...lol
Because everyone thinks your Snow White.
How about Sneezy?
In answer to Pru; Because I'm Bashful. Altho sometimes I'm Sneezy. But after my usual 8 cups of coffee and a sudoku puzzle in the morning I am rarely grumpy. I guess thats why I look happier than Nick.(:>)
I could play Doc if the circumstances were right, but I'm sure I could never be Snow White.

Grumpy is fine in small doses...but this is what my doctor prescribed.....;-D
I think I am taking the wrong medication, now that I see this!
1-888-COWBOY!!!! ;-)




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