I have often told people their personality is a gift from God and that their goal in life is to discover the gift and use it to the glory of God and for the benefit of humanity. People sometimes object that their particular personality seems more a curse than a gift and they often wish they could be more like others they admire. It is true that the gift of personality is also our “curse” because from it comes our potential to do good as well as our limits and the possibility of doing harm to others. But there is hope for the personality challenged human.
Australian researchers have now discovered the blessings of being grumpy. Among the findings of Psychology Professor Joe Forgas:
In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.
While cheerfulness fosters creativity, gloominess breeds attentiveness and careful thinking
“Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world.”
The study also found that sad people were better at stating their case through written arguments … a “mildly negative mood may actually promote a more concrete, accommodative and ultimately more successful communication style”.
So the next time you are self-aware enough to realize your own grumpiness, remember it is a personality gift and the right time for you to think, analyze the world, make decisions, and write effectively!
No wonder some of us blog so often.