It’s National Grouch Day – and we hate it

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photoHappy (or not-so-happy) National Grouch Day!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

According to the Muppet Wiki:

“A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced.”

According to Therapist Julie de Azevedo Hanks, author of The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women, people who are moody or pessimistic may be at a health advantage.

Research has shown that older adults who are pessimistic about their future actually live longer and are less likely to live with a disability, Hanks says. And people who tend toward pessimism may use negative thinking as a motivational strategy.

“While they may be a drag to be around, they may actually be trying to improve themselves.”

Health.com also offers up 7 ways to “un-grouch a grouch.”