Being bad-tempered and pessimistic helps you to earn more, live longer and enjoy a healthier marriage. It’s almost enough to put a smile on the dourest of faces.
With all the focus on happiness these days, this BBC article may come as a bit of a shock. It turns out the office Eeyore or Chicken Little are likely healthier and more creative than the folks doing their happy dance. They’re also likely to earn more money, be better negotiators, be less selfish, and stay married longer.
Citing numerous studies, the article offers reasons for these counterintuitive findings, such as:
- People who suppress their anger and unhappiness have three times the number of heart attacks compared to those who hold it in
- Pessimists don’t have very high expectations so they are happily surprised when things go well
- Being slightly down enhances social awareness
- Happiness hormones can reduce our ability to recognize threats
- Pessimists plan for the worst and are therefore more prepared when it happens
Have you hugged the office grump today?