Just Back Off! My Bad Mood’s Good for Me!


A new study in Australia suggests that bad moods can actually be good for you.

It also finds that people who tend to be more sad are less gullible and have a greater ability to discern other people’s character. Being sad also boosts memory, the study suggests.

Way FM, a Christian radio affiliate in Charleston, posed an interesting question yesterday: knowing the information above, and that being happy is associated with being more gullible and a somewhat worse to see through to the “real” person, would you rather be happy or sad?

I tend to be, by nature, far into the “sad” column. No, I don’t need some giant group hug. Bah! Humbug. It’s just how I am. And I’ve found that at least for me, the study is pretty accurate: I do have an excellent memory — too good, sometimes — and I am a pretty good judge of character when it comes to people close to me. I am rarely let down by close friends because I generally see warning signs of trouble early on.

I have a few friends who are generally happy, and I can see that there are times when they might be more apt to trust too easily, leading them to be hurt a little more easily.

That makes me sad to think my friends could be hurt. But then according to the study, that’s a good thing, too.

Maybe that’s why I’m attracted to happy people: so I can worry. And stay sad.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

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