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?