Let’s face it, we all know someone who’s a little grumpy, be it a relative, a co-worker or even an long-time neighbour. And while we may have been guilty of telling them to cheer up from time to time, it turns out that they’re actually the ones who have been going about life the right way – according to a new study, anyway.
Research has found that grumpy people are more likely to not only live a longer life and earn more money, but have a healthier marriage too. Who would have thought, eh?
It is usually believed that happy people are the ones to lead longer and more successful lives but a BBC report suggests that grouchy people are more likely to be superior negotiators and decision-makers, and even have a reduced risk of having a heart attack. Meanwhile, it states that good manners tend to come with substantial risks and can make you gullible and selfish.
The BBC also highlighted that optimism has negative effects on a person and can lead to less people being successful. Researcher Gabriele Oettingen from New York University, said: ‘People feel accomplished, they relax, and they do not invest the necessary effort to actually realise these positive fantasies and daydreams.’
Oettingen then explained that graduates who fantasise about finding success at work ironically often end up earning less, while hospital patients who dream about getting better make a slower recovery.
‘People say ‘dream it and you will get it’ – but that’s problematic,’ she continued.
Fellow researcher, Joseph Forgas from the University of New South Wales in Australia echoed the benefits of being grumpy to the BBC: ‘Negative moods indicate we’re in a new and challenging situation and call for a more attentive, detailed and observant thinking style.’
He continued: ‘People who are feeling slightly down pay better attention to external social norms and expectations, and so they act in a fairer and just way towards others. Happiness functions like a shorthand signal that we’re safe and it’s not necessary to pay too much attention to the environment.’
Sounds like we could all do with a few grumpy days in that case!