Did you “wake up in the wrong side of the bed”? Are you snappy at colleagues? It could mean you’re a jerk.
Or it could be, you’re about to have a creative streak hit you. It turns out bad moods may be the start of something good.
A recent study done for the Academy of Management Journal showed that business professionals who started the day with negative thoughts swimming in their head, had creative bursts that afternoon.
Why? While brooding over stressful events isn’t normally a good thing, it can get you into parts of your brain that normally aren’t activated. Once there, new ideas can emerge. Weird isn’t it? The key is not to hang out in “Funkytown” too long.
If you’re generally happy, you don’t have to turn into Debbie Downer to get new ideas. There are other ways to jump start your creativity. Men’s Health has a great list here.