Getting Angry May Be The Key To Boosting Happiness

Bump what ya heard, throwing a tantrum can do wonders for your mood. In fact, research suggests that getting angry may prove more vital in your pursuit of happiness.

According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, while pain and stress isn’t ideal, “All emotions can be positive in some contexts and negative in others, regardless of whether they are pleasant or unpleasant,” says lead researcher Maya Tamir, PhD, a psychology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

To study the impact of different emotions on overall happiness, defined as a state of well-being and contentment, Tamir and her team interviewed 2,324 university students in eight countries, including the United States. Participants were asked to state feelings they’ve experienced in their daily lives as well as those they wish to have. In addition, interviewees answered questions about depressive symptoms and life satisfaction.

“None of the previous research tested whether feeling “right” predicts life satisfaction and depressive symptoms above and beyond feeling “good.” The current research assessed the desirability of distinct emotions, including both pleasant (e.g., love and compassion) and unpleasant (e.g., anger and hatred) emotions, and tested the Aristotelian prediction across cultures,” the study reads.

As for the results, you may be surprised.