A Bad Mood Can Be Good For You 

Are you angry? Good! Let the anger flow through you! Because as social psychologist Joseph Paul Forgas explains in Quartz, there are psychological benefits to a bad mood.

Photo by Jeremy Wong

There are the well-known and long-romanticised effects: Sadness inspires great art, and it helps us appreciate others' sadness. But Dr Forgas points out some more quotidian and practical benefits:

  • Bad moods improve recall memory.
  • While the theory that clinically depressed people have more accurate self-assessments is controversial and limited, a mild bad mood can improve assessments of others.
  • People in a bad mood try harder (and perform better) at tough mental tasks.
  • Bad moods can make people more concerned with fairness.

So when things are actually bad, consider feeling bad! And then use that feeling for something productive.


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