Positive emotion and health: going beyond the negative.

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Journal Article

This study examined the relationships between positive emotions and health. Two positive emotions were considered, hope and curiosity, in conjunction with 3 physician-diagnosed disease outcomes: hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and respiratory tract infections. Medical data were abstracted over a 2-year period from 1,041 patient records from a multispecialty medical practice, and emotions were assessed through a mailed questionnaire. Across 3 disease outcomes, higher levels of hope were associated with a decreased likelihood of having or developing a disease. Higher levels of curiosity were also associated with decreased likelihood of hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Results suggest that positive emotion may play a protective role in the development of disease.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Richman, LS; Kubzansky, L; Maselko, J; Kawachi, I; Choo, P; Bauer, M

Published Date

  • July 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 422 - 429

PubMed ID

  • 16045378

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16045378

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1930-7810

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-6133

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0278-6133.24.4.422

Language

  • eng