10 unexpected pluses of bad mood

Psychologists from Ghent University (Belgium) found that those whose mood changed from sad to joyful throughout the day, are more enthusiastically working (as opposed to those who were in the same mood during the day). In their opinion, this proves the importance of emotional switching to maintain the rhythm. "We need to understand that stressful events, such as conflicts with colleagues, mistakes and failures, are an inevitable part of the work process," the researchers say. - Negative experience spurs people to action and forces them to be collected. "


2. Accept your sadness and it will less bother you

Sometimes we are more concerned not with the emotions themselves, but with the fact that they seem to us to be wrong and irrelevant. Psychologist Gloria Luong and her colleagues interviewed 365 students about how they relate to positive and negative emotions. Then within three weeks, the researchers observed them and recorded how these or other emotions influenced their psychological state. In general, most young people demonstrated the expected consequences of emotions (for example, complained of fatigue and headache due to depression and, conversely, did not notice them in a state of recovery).But it turned out that those who treated calmly negative emotions suffered less from them. And those who were angry with themselves because of their depression, experienced an even greater decline in their strength.


3. Sometimes it's useful to cry well

In some cases, instead of restraining tears coming up to the eyes, it's worth letting them splash out. In the experiment of the American psychologist Lauren Bilsma (Lauren Bylsma), 97 girls-students marked in the diary for one or two months episodes when they could not hold back tears. 60% reported that their mood after crying has not changed. But 30% admitted that they felt better. At the same time, the stronger (but not long) there was the crying attack, the more the relief followed.


4. We are more persuasive when we are sad

Psychologists from the University of South Wales (Australia) showed volunteers small films to make them sad or cheerful. Then they were asked to come up with arguments to convince the imaginary interlocutor in their view of the controversial issue. This experience was repeated several times several times, and always those who were in a bad mood, offered more convincing arguments.According to the authors, sadness encourages people to be more focused and cautious.


5. Easy depression helps to better feel the emotions of others

In a state of depression, a person often feels lonely and separated from the outside world. But psychologists at the University of Queens (Canada) found that mild depression actually increases the ability to recognize people's emotions from photographs that only the eyes could see. However, there is one nuance: depression is usually accompanied by low self-esteem, and people exposed to it, can not always correctly interpret other people's emotions (for example, think that others are angry with them or condemn them).


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6. Bad mood does not reduce mental acuity

Can I work regardless of my mood? Psychologists at the University of Goldsmith (UK) suggested that participants in their research should perform various intellectual tests for concentration, memory and processing speed within five days. Every day before the work began, participants filled out a questionnaire about their mood.Indicators of productivity and mood fluctuated throughout the study, but in general, the relationship between them was not revealed. In other words, a bad mood did not affect the work of the mind.


7. Sadness stimulates analytical thinking

In the experiment of Dutch psychologists, students who studied business, listened to instructions and motivating speech from their curator for video communication. In one case, the curator spoke with a confident and cheerful voice, smiled and with all his kind radiated joy, in the other, on the contrary, looked worried and upset. Those students who listened to the curator's instructions in good spirits showed themselves better when carrying out assignments for creativity. But those who saw the second record, coped better with games on analytical thinking.


8. Sadness makes us more attentive

Australian psychologists also found that people in a depressed mood are more sensitive to inconsistencies in information. Researchers showed the volunteers a film about a road accident, and then some of them were asked to recall sad events from life.After a while they were asked questions about the film, among which were tricks (for example, "Have you noticed a fireman with a hose?"). Those who were reminded of the events associated with a sense of sadness, were more likely to determine the catch and, on the whole, were more accurate.


9. When we are sad, we are more difficult to deceive

The same scientists found that sad people better calculate liars by their facial expressions, gestures and other signs. Participants in the study were shown video tapes, where people testified about the theft. Some of them spoke the truth, others lied. Those who watched films with a sad end before the experience began, most often pointed to deceivers.


10. Sadness is a sign of a meaningful life.

They say that only a fool is always happy. An American poll published in 2013 showed that those who considered their lives meaningful are also more likely to experience anxiety, stress and anxiety. "People who sacrifice their pleasure in order to do something constructive for society, make an important contribution to its development," says psychologist Roy Baumeister. "We should encourage people to act, despite the possibility of losing peace and instant happiness."

For more information, see the BPS Research Digest website.

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