Life & Philosophy

The creative benefits of being in a bad mood

Bad moods are sticky. They can be a harbinger for pessimism and depression. No one wants to hang around a Scrooge.

“What you are thinking about you are becoming.”

Muhammad Ali

Negativity is also contagious. People hate Mondays because everyone else does too. People complain about rain, spreading feelings of gloom and doom.

However, frustration can be an opportunity in disguise, a catalyst for creativity that presents new opportunities to grow.

“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.”

Ernest Hemingway

Yet, a positive outlook can help balance out the entire emotional rollercoaster.

Optimism and pessimism work together to boost creativity

A bad mood sparks rebellious thoughts. Innovation is often the upshot of irritation — if no one else is going to solve the problem, the burden falls on us.

The onset of madness is a trigger for happier results. A good attitude helps fuel the enthusiasm needed to make good ideas happen.

Like a child, we can be mad one minute and happy and forgiving the next.

A proper attitude is free-flowing. The trick to brighter moments is to embrace the pendulum of experiences.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.