Positive Emotions, Good Health Have Strong Link In Developing Countries, Study Finds

The Huffington Post:

Is the concept of emotions having an effect on health a “First World” problem? According to a new study, no, it is not — and in fact, the association may be even stronger in developing nations.

A new study from the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Psychological Science, shows that positive emotions affect the health of people around the world, and most significantly in countries with lower income.

“We wondered whether the fact that emotions make a difference in our health is simply because we have the luxury of letting them,” study researcher Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the university, said in a statement. “We wanted to assess the impact of emotions on health in places where people face famine, homelessness and serious safety concerns that might be more critical correlates of wellness.”

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