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date: 24 February 2021

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We present a wide array of evidence that suggests that the presence of positive affect (PA) may be associated with a variety of health outcomes. Current evidence indicates that PA is connected to longer life, lower incidence of disease, better recovery from disease, and overall better health. While the research has not conclusively determined the mechanisms that link these concepts, we review evidence that examines the various connections between PA and health to shed light on how they may interact. We also provide suggestions for future research in this area, such as focusing on the roles that specific emotions, culture, and technology may play in the relationship between PA and health. This chapter highlights foundational evidence that indicates high levels of PA are associated with better health and provides creative directions for new research within this field to take.

Keywords: positive affect, emotion, health, morbidity, mortality, survival, self-reported health

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