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Results of a Study to Increase Savoring the Moment: Differential Impact on Positive and Negative Outcomes

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Positive psychology has been increasingly moving towards testing interventions to increase positive outcomes and decrease negative outcomes. One of these possible interventions involves increasing savoring the moment. During savoring the moment, one focuses on positive events while they occur to increase, intensify, or prolong positive emotions in the present. This study tested a group savoring the moment intervention to increase positive outcomes and decrease negative outcomes over 2 weeks. The sample consisted of 193 undergraduate students who completed both sessions (94 intervention and 99 control condition). The intervention group experienced significant decreases in self-reported depressive symptoms and negative affect when compared to the control group. However, positive affect did not differ between the groups. Clinical and research implications are explored.

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Hurley, D.B., Kwon, P. Results of a Study to Increase Savoring the Moment: Differential Impact on Positive and Negative Outcomes. J Happiness Stud 13, 579–588 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-011-9280-8

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Keywords

  • Savoring
  • Savoring the moment
  • Depression
  • Negative affect
  • Positive affect
  • Intervention