It's a wonderful life: mentally subtracting positive events improves people's affective states, contrary to their affective forecasts.

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The authors hypothesized that thinking about the absence of a positive event from one's life would improve affective states more than thinking about the presence of a positive event but that people would not predict this when making affective forecasts. In Studies 1 and 2, college students wrote about the ways in which a positive event might never have… (More)
DOI: 10.1037/a0013316

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