The light of hope shines on Negativity

For every positive there is a negative and that negative is me

I got up early this morning to do some work in the front yard putting up our festive “negativity scene” creche. While taking a little break, though, something happened…

Every once in a blue moon the internet can wash up on your shore a little piece of flotsam that really makes your day.

“An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.

In contrast to those annoying happy types, miserable people are better at decision-making and less gullible, his experiments showed.”

ZOMG! Yes oh yes oh yes oh yes!

To the guru of negativity I hope you have listened, hmmm.

So, long story short, I went to stumbleupon and narcissisticly searched for “shout abyss.” One of the coincidental results on the first page was an article from the BBC entitled “Feeling grumpy ‘is good for you” – even though the article had nothing to do with me. Now that is what I call the universe working overtime! It’s almost spooky. Connect those dots, universe!

Negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world.
— Professor Joe Forgas

According to the article, “sadder people were also less likely to make rash decisions or those based on racial or religious beliefs and made fewer mistakes when recalling a past event.”

It’s always fulfilling to get confirmation of something you knew all along. In fact, that sort of thing is somewhat of a disturbing positive development. I’ll have to work hard to shake this off and get back to my roots.

A series of Negativity Embracement and Integration Seminars are planned. Watch for them online soon, that is if I can make this damn computer work.

First ever Abyss Contest

To celebrate this post, I’d like to try something new here in the abyss. Our first ever photo contest! Yeah!

Subject: Negativity Scene

Interpret the subject as you wish. Perhaps make a statement about the over-commercialization of the Christmas holiday. Whatever. Be creative, think outside the box. What do you think a “negativity scene” would look like?

Submit your photographs as comments to this post. (Or links to your favorite photo sharing site.)

Prize

One winner will be selected and will win the Grand Prize – A self-inking rubber stamp that reads, in two colors (blue and red): “Past Due.” And what could be more negative than that!

Have fun and good luck!

10 responses

  1. I positively love this post, therefore I should abstain from all decisions today! 😉

    Maybe people who are grumpy don’t make as many decisions, so they don’t make the wrong ones? Although not making a decision is also a decision.

    I have pared my Christmas celebrations to a minimum. Any family member who wants to decorate is free to do, but I’m not doing it.

    If you want to focus on the commercialization of Christmas, maybe a negativity scene would be little stacks of coins in place of the figures in the Nativity scene. I’m feeling too gloomy to actually assemble this scene for a photograph, so I’m making the decision simply to offer this as my entry.

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    1. Woot!

      I like the way you critically think about the conditions of the experiment. I really don’t know the specifics, but you raise a good question. Maybe we can figure out a methodology to try to replicate their results.

      Too bad about that photograph. I bet it would rock! 🙂

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  2. I totally believe that study. Grumpy people tend to be more suspicious and aware. You won’t catch me with my back to the door. You must be so lucid that you can see into the future!

    Here’s a picture that I took last year: http://fixitordeal.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/joseph.jpg

    That was in my own front yard if you can believe it. Here’s the post with an explaination: http://fixitordeal.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/its-blow-mold-time-again/

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    1. Nice! That might be the only valid entry – so you have a one in a million chance to win!

      Eggnog gets you every time! True eggnog must contain raw eggs and alcohol. Now that’s a winning combination.

      I especially like the graphic of Mrs. Dahmer. Goes well with my freezer image in the navigation area, methinks. 🙂

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  3. love it, more grumpy to the people 🙂 will have a shot at that scene and send it to you. Brilliant idea…

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    1. Nice to see you slumming around my blog. 🙂 Thanks!

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      1. always nice to go slumming in the web of despair that is you, so refreshing… in a weird way… now off to do the dreadful xmas shopping, old ladies in queues beware, I’m on a mission…

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  4. […] Subject: Negativity Scene I got up early this morning to do some work in the front yard putting up our festive “negativity scene” creche. While taking a little break, though, something happened… Every once in a blue moon the internet can wash up on your shore a little piece of flotsam that really makes your day. “An Australian p … Read More […]

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  5. “Web of despair.” I like that. I like it a lot. In fact, I don’t feel quite so much despair as I did before reading that. Oops.

    One thing I’ve learned is that I seem to have a pronounced penchant for being pathetic. It’s my way.

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  6. Here’s a link to my negativity scene:

    It’s supposed to be some sort of commentary on how I feel about not only winter, but the holidays in general. Bleak, grouchy, and sterile in imagination.

    If you choose to see some sort of creche scene in the picture, *shrug* I’m too apathetic to name it that myself.

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