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Study on Feeling Emotions for Overall Happiness

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Ines, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Ines

    Ines Well known member

    Hi, it's from 2013 but came across an article of a study which showed people had better overall happiness when they allowed themselves to feel angry when needed.
    http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/when_getting_angry_makes_you_happy (When Getting Angry Makes You Happy)

    From the article-
    What is surprising, though, is that when revving up for a confrontation, only those participants who chose to feel angry in the moment showed greater psychological health and well-being in general. They reported greater satisfaction with life, better grades, and a stronger network of social support. Those who preferred to feel happy pre-argument, meanwhile, showed none of the same rewards, reporting lower overall psychological well-being. The pursuit of happiness, it seems, is not always linked to greater well-being.

    At the same time, people who were simply angrier in general showed lower psychological well-being.

    This study suggests that we might not always be better off trying to get into a good mood. It is appropriate, healthy, and even useful to feel angry when competing or fighting with others, though it is not good for our overall well-being to feel anger across all situations.

    Then, there is a video on constructive anger at the end.
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  2. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    An interesting post, but I think the jury is out on this one. I had the very same discussion on another thread some months ago. Someone mentioned they prefer to expresss anger in Greece then carry on with their day as if nothing has happened..

    I had found these two articles of interest...

    http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/07/12/greece-tops-list-of-heart-disease-and-strokes-in-europe/ (Greece Tops List of Heart Disease and Strokes in Europe | GreekReporter.com)


    It illustrate that there is a direct link between heart related illnesses and the likes of stress and anger. But the OECD are barking up the wrong tree when they've blamed it solely on smoking. Quite often people who are stressed, anxious or angry rely on smoking to find some form of relief. So of course, they will blame smoking because they haven't identified the root cause.
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  3. Ines

    Ines Well known member

    Definitely more to blame than smoking. It reminds me of the example Sarno uses of Sweden or Norway and whiplash. Maybe that's just en vouge in Greece. Maybe they are getting a secondary gain from it.
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