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Why The Bad Mood?

Why The Bad Mood?

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Sometimes a bad mood can creep up and you may not even be sure why.

We can become irritable for many reasons, but science and research has actually uncovered some interesting findings about our bad moods.

We are all susceptible to a bad mood now and then, and notably a less than harmonious mood shouldn’t be confused with depression. Moods come and go, some lingering more than others, but depressive states can be lasting and medical advice and psychological care are recommended in order to receive the proper treatment.

There are some things to try that can help ward off a common bad mood, or at least make our bad mood selves a little more bearable to be around.

It is no surprise that getting enough exercise and eating a healthy diet are beneficial to overall wellbeing, but they may also stop the onset of a bad mood.

A lack of sleep can have a great effect on mood and can increase an adverse attitude. This is because the amygdala in the brain, which is essential for experiencing emotions, has heightened activity levels and a lesser ability to be able to control the negative ones when impaired with a sleep deficit.

Getting adequate amounts of natural sunlight has also been shown to aid in depression, as our bodies need vitamin D in order for our brains to optimally function.

Other things that decrease stress, like spending downtime with others and participating in activities that spark interest can also help.

Beyond the basics, one student research investigation found that when in an unhappy mood listening to sad music actually led to better thinking output on tasks like rapidly coming up with answers to questions.

And it turns out, there is actually a good thing or two that may come from a bad mood.

A study from Current Directions in Psychological Science concluded that bad moods may have some benefits. Researchers found that bad moods may cause an enhanced attention to details and a better recall ability in certain instances. Further, they can cause an increased sense of being fair with others.

The researchers pointed out that since negative and positive emotions are so prevalent in human behavior that they must have adaptive functions.

So the next time a bad mood moves in try not to completely succumb to it, but think about what caused it and see what it may have to offer.

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