Thursday, November 5, 2009

Finally a reason to be grumpy

In a recent report by an Austrialian psychology expert it has been discovered that being grumpy “is good for you”.

It makes us think more clearly.
Helps us make better decisions.
It makes us less gullible.
Breeds attentiveness and careful thinking.
You can cope with more demanding situations.
A bad mood can promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style.

On the flip side, they say that cheerfulness fosters creativity.

So these are my conclusions, when you’re writing your first draft be happy, jovial, and cheerful, because you need to be creative. When it comes to editing feel free to put on a grumpy face, so you can watch for details and be more attentive.

Side note for all those people who live in sunny climates - wet, dreary days sharpen memory, while bright sunny spells make people forgetful.

23 comments:

Candice said...

Cool! I actually LOVE to write when I'm in a bad mood. I think I do some of my best work.

Carolyn V. said...

Yay for grumpiness! I guess that means I was thinking clearly yesterday (I'm totally going to tell my kids that!) =)

Jody Hedlund said...

Awesome! I'm so glad to know I'm justified in being grumpy through my rewrites! Now I can tell my family why! :)

strugglingwriter said...

Too much of anything is almost always bad, I guess.

Editing puts me in a bad mood anyway, which I guess is good.

Kelsy Nielson said...

intersting study- if I'm grumpy I'm in no way creative at all!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Haha! That's awesome!

Tamika: said...

Very interesting! I'll remember my grumpy face after November.

Patti said...

Candice: Sometiems it makes me more determined like I was last night.

Carolyn: Here's to thinking clearly everyday.

Jody: It's a great excuse for the husband, although I don't think he appreciated it.

SW: Totally agree about edits putting you in a bad mood. Hate them.

Kelsy: Or are you happy because you're being creative. (Chicken and the egg)

Kristen: I actually wrote it on my hand when I heard it on the radio, I'm glad I didn't get into an accident.

Patti said...

Tamika: Keep smiling for the month of November.

Susan R. Mills said...

Interesting stuff. I never would have known all that. Thanks for sharing.

Tara said...

I am NOT sharing this with the grumps in my life--they don't need any more excuses. LOL. On the flip side, I tend to be suspicious of perpetually happy people. It's an interesting thought: balance in all things, maybe.

Tabitha Bird said...

Oh good. Well I am a grump when I edit so I am glad I am on target :)

Natalie said...

Wow, I should tell my kids. "It's good for mommy to be grumpy." :)

Heidi Willis said...

Very interesting info! I think that psychologist was in a grumpy mood and just making excuses. :)

If only I could control my moods - and the weather! - that well!

Patti said...

Susan: I found it interesting, not sure if I believe it, but found it interesting.

Tara: Definitely agree, balance is the key.

Tabitha: I think editing or having to be attentive causes grumpiness. It's fun to be creative so why wouldn't you be happy.

Natalie: Now that's a great excuse.

Heidi: I don't know about the weather thing. I live in a pretty dreary climate and I forget things all the time. Oh yeah, I think that's more to do with age.

Robyn Campbell said...

YAY! Uh, can I show this to my hubby? :)

I always knew I WAS JUSTIFIED! *fist pump*

Jessica said...

This is awesome! LOL

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Uh oh. I live in a state that has like 300 days of sunshine a year. Maybe I...wait, I forgot what I was gonna say. Great, now I'm grumpy.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I think I am most creative on those wet, dreary days. You may be onto something.

Patti said...

I'm glad i can provide everyone with an excuse and now I don't mind dreary days so much.

Natalie Murphy said...

Hey, I gave you an award on my blog =]

Renee Collins said...

Hi! I noticed on Jessie's blog that you are about to query. Me too! It's a crazy feeling isn't it? Scary, exciting, and everything in between.

Good luck to you!!

Patti said...

Natalie: Thanks I'll check it out.

Renee: I'm totally biting my nails about the whole. The question: is it ready, keeps going through my mind. Good luck to you as well.