Up­side to a bad mood

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Here’s a rea­son to take the pres­sure off your­self to be happy 24/7: Nega­tive emo­tions can be key to greater life sat­is­fac­tion, say sci­en­tists in the Jour­nal of Ex­per­i­men­tal Psy­chol­ogy: Gen­eral. Sur­veys of more than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants re­vealed that although peo­ple thought they‘d be hap­pier if the num­ber of feel-good life ex­pe­ri­ences out­weighed un­pleas­ant ones, the equa­tion wasn’t so straight­for­ward. In fact, the hap­pi­est folks were those whose emo­tions tended to align with their cir­cum­stances (like feel­ing an­gry af­ter suf­fer­ing an in­jus­tice). Why? Nega­tive emo­tions, when called for, can deepen your sense of mean­ing from an ex­pe­ri­ence.

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