Thursday, January 15, 2009

The benefit of being gloomy

It is that time of the year again when we tend to take stock and speculate on what the future will bring. With persistently bad news on many fronts one can expect a lot of us to be quite gloomy. In a world obsessed with happiness (see related blogpost on the philosophy of happiness), the first reaction is often to banish those dark moods out of our lives.

Sadness is not all bad argues the New Scientist in a recent editorial. Sadness may help us to learn from our mistakes, may help facilitate a need for deeper reflection and may even stimulate creativity.  As Terence Ketter, psychiatrist at Stanford University remarked in the article: 'The cost of happiness is complacency. Discontent can drive change'.

Feeling gloomy? Time for reflection and change.

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