A Bad Mood Can Be Good For You 

A Bad Mood Can Be Good For You 
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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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