I have oft been accused by people -- mostly those people who barely read the blog -- of being totally negative and down on this country. While I may be quite down on this country, it is with good reason, and frankly I believe there is something to be said for airing the negative perspective. And now, my belief has been backed up with cold hard science.
((via BBC News) Feeling grumpy is "good for you"
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".
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