A caustic coworker could improve your creativity. Participants solved problems after hearing sarcastic phrases, like an insincere “I am sorry,” in a study in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. They were three times more creative than a group hearing sincere messages. Sarcasm forces the brain to think abstractly, boosting innovation. These quirky habits prove that you’re smarter than everyone else.
An attitude of gratitude may help you avoid impulsive choices. People did a short psychological exercise designed to elicit various emotions, then participated in a test of monetary self-restraint. Those who were grateful showed more financial patience. For example, non-grateful people needed only $18 now to give up receiving $100 in a year; grateful people required nearly twice as much money ($30).