Bad Mood Makes You Work Better

I am not making this up, I promise. A research done at the University Of New South Wales show that people with bad mood process information more critically leading to better (read:safer) decisions. Again, I am being serious here. This is from a completely serious study from a University in Australia (a common wealth country).
Don’t believe me? Here is a direct quote from the Telegraph of UK (the country that had all the common wealth)

“Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, cooperation, and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking paying greater attention to the external world,”

Consider this for a minute. One one hand you have ‘creativity, flexibility, cooperation” and on the other hand there is ‘attentive, careful thinking paying greater attention'(notice that attention comes in twice). If you were a CEO of a company, who would you hire? a person who is happy and creative or someone who is grumpy and attentive? I am going to go out on a limb and say that unless you are running General Motors or a fast food joint or the Postal Service you would want the happy person.
For the study, the researchers made participants get into sad or happy moods by making them watch movies and recall events from their lives that invoke sad or happy emotions. Then they were asked to judge the truth of urban myths and rumors. Those in a negative mood were less likely to believe these statements. Here is another memorable quote.

“Positive mood is not universally desirable: people in negative mood are less prone to judgmental errors, are more resistant to eyewitness distortions and are better at producing high-quality, effective persuasive messages”

Apparently, positive mood is not desirable in certain parts of the universe, especially in the ‘Australia’ part of the universe. I am not a science person – in that I am not made of science – but there is no way being sad can make you productive. I can understand fear – fear of failure is one of the leading, albeit bad, motivator for many people.

Even seeing past the fact that this study was done at a country which was a designated prison for the most uncivilized offenders of Her Majesty The Queen’s England, how does it make sense that an annoyed, grumpy and all around terrible person would do a better job compared to a happy and creative person? Even the bouncer dudes outside night clubs look pleasant; frightening but pleasant – for their size.
So, in an unprecedented move for our blog, I am calling this study bullshit!!

Oh, sorry. I mean ‘Bullshit, mate! crocky’.

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