Why Sadness lasts longer than joy

Ana Swanson | November 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Why sadness lasts longer than joyNew research suggests that your Thanksgiving gratitude may not last very long — not nearly as long as any disappointment, anxiety or joy that the holiday elicited. Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen asked 200 high-school students about the duration of their emotional experiences. They found that sadness lasted the longest of any emotion – a mean time of 120 hours – while shame, surprise, fear, disgust, boredom, being touched, irritation and relief were the shortest lasting emotions. The paper concludes that the emotions that stick with us result from important life events and are associated with lots of reflection.