Upside to a bad mood
Here’s a reason to take the pressure off yourself to be happy 24/7: Negative emotions can be key to greater life satisfaction, say scientists in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Surveys of more than 2,000 participants revealed that although people thought they‘d be happier if the number of feel-good life experiences outweighed unpleasant ones, the equation wasn’t so straightforward. In fact, the happiest folks were those whose emotions tended to align with their circumstances (like feeling angry after suffering an injustice). Why? Negative emotions, when called for, can deepen your sense of meaning from an experience.