Health

Positive people have less inflammation

morningPositive emotions are associated with lower levels of inflammation in the body. More specifically, a recent study examined how the breadth and relative abundance of emotions that individuals experience, known as emodiversity, is related to systemic inflammation. Using diary data from 175 adults who provided end-of-day reports of their positive and negative emotions over 30 days, the results showed that greater diversity in day-to-day positive emotions was associated with lower circulating levels of inflammation. The authors comment ‘These findings highlight the unique role daily positive emotions play in biological health’.