Good to be grumpy
Posted Tuesday 5 January 2010
Or maybe it’s just because we’re all feeling a bit grouchy now that the festivities are over and trying to stick to all those new year’s resolutions is proving harder with each passing day.
Research from the University of New South Wales found that people who were put into a negative frame of mind acted in a more cautious manner, and through thinking things through more clearly than people who were in a positive frame of mind. So it isn’t about personality types and how that impacts on social interaction or thinking at all!
Other studies confirm that if you are in a bad mood you deliberate more on the issues than if you are in a good mood. Well, we can all think of occasions when our good mood or enthusiasm for an idea meant that the potential downside was not fully thought through.
Of course this doesn't mean that grouchiness is beneficial to wellbeing. No, in order to be a healthier person you’re going to have to engage in an activity defined by R. Parse as “buoyant immersion in the presence of unanticipated glimpsings prompting harmonious integrity which surfaces anew through contemplative visioning”. That’s have a laugh, to you and me. Now there’s a resolution worth keeping.
Bridget O'Connell, Head of Information
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