London: Feeling grumpy? Don`t worry, according to a research, it`s good for you. According to psychologist Joe Forgas at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, happiness`s negative effects stem from a cheery mood`s tendency to lull you into feeling secure, thus making you look inwards and behave both more selfishly and more carelessly.
After taking another mood questionnaire, this time the students were shown pictures of a buddy they could share their raffle tickets with – with the intention of making the idea of sharing more vivid than the case of a hypothetical student. Again, the happy students were less likely to share. Forgas`s explanation is that happy people focus more on their own desires. "Positive mood is in a sense an evolutionary signal, subconsciously informing people that the situation they face is safe and non-threatening," he says. This encourages people to rely more on their own thoughts and preferences, with selfishness the result, the expert added. On the other hand, grumpiness or sadness produces more vigilant, outward-looking thinkers. "A negative mood produces a thinking style that is more detailed and attentive, and pays more attention to the demands of the external environment," says Forgas. The study has been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. ANI
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