Positive emotion regulation and well-being: Comparing the impact of eight savoring and dampening strategies

19 Oct 2010Jordi Quoidbach , Elizabeth V. Berry, Michel Hansenne, Moïra Mikolajczak

As the strategies targeted different components of well-being, our results further show that regulatory diversity (i.e., typically using various strategies rather than a few specific ones), was beneficial to overall happiness. Our findings suggest that there are several independent ways to make the best (or the worst) out of our positive emotions, and that the cultivation of multiple savoring strategies might be required to achieve lasting happiness.

Cohort Study
10 effects

Reported Outcomes

CausesOutcomeCertainty

Capitalization Selfcare risk & protective factor

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Increased risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
31.0%

Distraction Brain outcome
Distraction
Brain system

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Minor increase risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
16.0%

Suppresion Selfcare risk & protective factor
Suppresion
Selfcare

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Minor increase risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
12.0%

Negative Mental Time Travel (MTT) Selfcare risk & protective factor

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Decreased risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
-31.0%

Distraction Brain outcome
Distraction
Brain system

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Minor decreased risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
-14.0%

Negative Mental Time Travel (MTT) Selfcare risk & protective factor

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Minor decreased risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
-5.0%

Suppresion Selfcare risk & protective factor
Suppresion
Selfcare

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Minor decreased risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
-6.0%

Capitalization Selfcare risk & protective factor

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Minor decreased risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
-12.0%

Being present Selfcare risk & protective factor

Positive Affect Brain outcome
Minor increase risk of Positive Affect
Brain system

Moderate evidence
20.0%

Being present Selfcare risk & protective factor

Subjective well-being Brain outcome
Minor increase risk of Subjective well-being
Brain system

Moderate evidence
5.0%