How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health

  title={How Positive Emotions Build Physical Health},
  author={Bethany E. Kok and Kimberly A. Coffey and Michael A. Cohn and Lahnna I Catalino and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk and Sara B. Algoe and Mary M. Brantley and Barbara L. Fredrickson},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1123 - 1132}
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