Be a Downer—It’s Good for You
Feeling Down? Don’t stress, according to research, it’s good for you.
In a perfect world, we would always be smiling and feeling positive, but as we all know, that’s sometimes wishful thinking because life can throw us curve balls.
From these unexpected and negative events, we could experience feeling down and not wanting to be upbeat…and this bad mood could be better for our overall happiness more than we think.
Professor Joe Forgas told Australian Science Magazine that being grumpy makes us think more clearly. In contrast to extremely happy people, unhappy people are better at decision-making and less gullible. Gloominess often breeds attentiveness and careful thinking, which are traits needed for the real world.
Yet why do we feel the need to be always so happy? (And, often, beat ourselves up for sometimes feeling down?)
It comes at us from all sides—from movies to media—and even our doctors are spreading the notion that we should and can be continuously happy. In reality feeling relentlessly optimistic might actually be a sign of impaired brain function.
The leading neuroscientist and TED talk speaker on optimism bias and author of the best seller The Optimism Bias, Dr. Tali Sharot, found overly optimistic people could be working from faulty frontal lobes making it difficult for them to judge their future the way most of us do. Then they may disregard potential harm because they’re hearing and seeing what they want and doing what they like. This optimism bias has baffled scientists for decades.
Yet a glumly attitude may account for more attention to detail, being happy makes us:
- More creative
- Create stronger bonds with others
- Have more success in business
- Have more success in education
- Move towards and accomplish our goals faster
- More productive
- Recover from illness faster
- Take smarter risks
- More flexible to change
- Have a longer life
- And more…
The research, which supports happiness outweighs having a prolonged negative outlook. So getting out of your slump will benefit you more. Over times having a combination of an optimistic and realistic outlook can create more life satisfaction.
We get asked a lot at The Happiness Movement what is the number one reason we feel down? And how do we deal?
To learn the answers to these questions come join us for our exciting meet-up, which will blow the lights out of everything you thought you knew about happiness.
Plus hear more from our exclusive interview with Shawn Achor (@shawnachor), the author of best sellers The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, featured in Harvard Business Review, TED talk speaker, and founder of GoodThinkInc, and his suggestions for the top 3 habits of extraordinarily happy people!
Also don’t miss out on the fun with an incredible activity that will get you thinking about happiness in new ways and meeting new happy people.
Snacks, drinks, and all materials are included. Also there is plenty of parking so invite your family and friends. Hope to see all the Happyologists there!
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