Do you have a Debbie Downer in your office? Someone who spends more than their fair share of time in a bad mood?  Before you lecture or launch into “cheer-up” mode, consider this.  The Daily Mail A new study reveals being in a terrible mood can actually improve your health.

Researchers explain a bad mood often works as a personal alarm signal for your body. That foul mood fires up your attention and focus helping you to work through your issues.

Negative emotions such as fear, anger or shame help us recognize, avoid and overcome threatening or dangerous situations. In addition feeling bad also increases memory which means you are likely to remember a bad experience more clearly than a good one.

Chasing happiness and not acknowledging or appreciating sadness researchers say we set an unachievable goal for ourselves which could cause more disappointment and even depression.