Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 2257–2276 | Cite as

Dark Storm Clouds and Rays of Sunshine: Profiles of Negative and Positive Rumination About Daily Hassles and Uplifts

  • Allyson S. GrafEmail author
  • Meagan A. Ramsey
  • Julie Hicks Patrick
  • Amy L. Gentzler
Research Paper


Daily negative events (hassles) and positive events (uplifts) have an impact on our subjective well-being, and how we react to those events (e.g., negatively ruminating by reflecting on the difficulties that come with hassles, positively ruminating by reflecting on the good aspects of uplifts) often has additional influence. However, little is known about the use of positive and negative rumination in combination. Using data from 469 adults, we examined retrospective accounts of negative and positive rumination about specific hassles and uplifts in reference to a 24-h period. Although differences in rumination were not observed across various domains (e.g., work, family, health), profiles emerged in relation to valence. Specifically, we identified four profiles of rumination: Non-Ruminators (39 %), Multivalence Ruminators (10 %), Positive Ruminators (26 %) and Negative Ruminators (24 %). Neither age nor gender systematically related to rumination profile. We further examined whether the associations among hassles, uplifts and well-being outcomes differed across these profiles. Results suggested few differences in the structural relations across the profiles, although the strength of associations was stronger for Negative Ruminators than Positive Ruminators. Results are discussed in terms of the robustness of effects of hassles and uplifts on subjective well-being across individual difference variables.


Rumination Subjective well-being Hassles Uplifts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allyson S. Graf
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Meagan A. Ramsey
    • 1
    • 3
  • Julie Hicks Patrick
    • 1
  • Amy L. Gentzler
    • 1
  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Elmira CollegeElmiraUSA
  3. 3.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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