Why are you smiling?  Let out your true feelings and live longer as you wallow in your deserved misery of hatred and despise!

A study in Frankfurt, Germany recently concluded that negativity is the best policy at work — even if it means your worst side comes out as the monster in the beast:

Dieter Zapf of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt studied 4,000 volunteers working in a fake call center. Half were allowed to respond in kind to abuse on the other end of the line while the other half had to suck it up, The Telegraph reports.

He found that those able to answer back had a brief increase in heart rate. Those who could not had stress symptoms that lasted much longer.
“Every time a person is forced to repress his true feelings there are negative consequences,” Zapf said.

“We are all able to rein in our emotions but it becomes difficult to do this over a protracted period.”

It is fascinating that the normal, expected, response in Germany is one of negation and fury when confronted with distress.

Instead of training the native, Germanic, mind and body to respond to stress with joy and glory as the primary in situ, human, response, Germans, it seems, are innately programmed by their culture to be crass and crude to others that confront them.

Is it perhaps then a deserved end when “faking a smile” leads them to a quicker near death?


  1. Wow!
    So, tomorrow if one of my colleagues say – “d****, how could you do this?”
    My response should be – “…to hell with you…*#@^$…”!!!
    That is supposed to make me happy?
    Then subsequently I am supposed to make the world happy?
    No wonder Germany gave birth to “Hitler”.
    Living shorter is acceptable, but I want to smile and I want to see smiling face around me – I hate
    those who are grumpy.

  2. Katha —
    I agree that if we are to presume that nastiness deserves nastiness then we’re in for a worldwide hurt because there will be no benefit to ever being nice or kind because the response you get will not match your good intentions.

  3. Right David.
    Fighting tooth and nail doesn’t really help – it pushes one to the brutal/ un-civilized era. Civilized people learn to control their frustration, not the other way round.

  4. Yes, Katha. The sign of a civilized people is the repression of the native urge to conquer, kill and collapse society in favor of the individual benefit. I’m not surprised people feel better by casting hate against hate — but we’re all made the worse of the wearing of it in the end.

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