Being in a Bad Mood Can Actually Make You More Productive

By: Anuradha

Depending on the things that happen around us and the situations that we have to come across with, our mood can change rapidly. Most of the times, due to heavy workload and the inevitable stress, most of us are in bad mood and a new research has found out that being in a bad mood can actually help us to manage time, concentrate on tasks and prioritize tasks better.

But, it will depend on the nature of your personality. There are people who react quickly to things and their emotions last for a long time. There are some other people who take time to react and even if they get angry, it will fade away quickly.

So, the study said that this theory can be applied basically for the people who are quick to respond and low- reactive individuals were not affected by anger. In fact, it only dropped their efficiency.

The research was conducted by the University of Waterloo in Canada and they focused on how emotional mood effects for the executive functioning such as memory recall, quick thinking and concentrating.

A member of the team, psychologist Tara says that “Our results show that there are some people for whom a bad mood may actually hone the kind of thinking skills that are important for everyday life”.

95 people participated in the research and they were asked to complete nine tasks and answer questions on their mood and personality type. So, it was revealed that those individuals who displayed a higher response rate, did the tasks more effectively than the others when they were in a negative mood.

The specialty was that both these groups displayed the same performance even when they were in good moods. Though the reason for this particular phenomena was not explained by the researchers, they believed that people with quick response rate was accustomed to negative feelings and therefore, they were able to deal better with pessimism.

McAuley, who was one of the researchers said that “People shouldn’t interpret the results as saying it’s fine to fly off the handle or overreact or to be grouchy. We know that emotional reactivity differs from person to person starting at a very early age and that these individual differences have implications for mental health later in development”.  

There were several studies that were conducted even previously regarding the same topic and psychologists think that bad mood can actually help people to better deal with everyday challenges and hard situations.

So the researchers concluded that “We believe that this line of research is well poised to broaden our understanding of how individual differences in mood shape the effective application of executive skills, thereby shedding insight into an important yet relatively understudied are of human function”.

The research has been published in Personality and Individual Differences.