Emodiversity: A Mix of Emotions Is Healthiest?

“Emodiversity” – a life containing a balance of different emotions – is good for you. So say psychologists Jordi Quoidbach and colleagues in a rather cool new paper (pdf).

In two large surveys (with a total of over 37,000 responders), conducted in France and Belgium, Quoidbach et al. show that
emodiversity is an independent predictor of mental and physical health – such as decreased depression and doctor’s visits – over and above mean levels of positive and negative emotion.
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