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Using Social Network Sites to Boost Savoring: Positive Effects on Positive Emotions

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Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology, National Taichung University of Education, West District, Taichung City 403, Taiwan
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Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6407; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176407
Received: 3 July 2020 / Revised: 28 August 2020 / Accepted: 29 August 2020 / Published: 2 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Mental Health)
Research has demonstrated that positive interventions (PIs) can be effective in enhancing well-being. Our study used Facebook to conduct a PI based on savoring. Sixty-one university students in Taiwan were randomly assigned to undergo a three-week savoring PI, and 61 participants were assigned to a no-treatment control group. The results showed significantly enhanced positive affect in the treatment group compared to the control group, in both a post-test and a final follow-up, but no significant differences between the two groups in negative affect. The treatment group also displayed significantly lower depression in the post-test, which was not maintained at the follow-up. These results indicate that, for university students, a savoring intervention via Facebook can be an effective way of enhancing positive emotions. View Full-Text
Keywords: savoring; positive interventions; positive psychology; social network sites; Facebook savoring; positive interventions; positive psychology; social network sites; Facebook
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Yu, S.-C.; Sheldon, K.M.; Lan, W.-P.; Chen, J.-H. Using Social Network Sites to Boost Savoring: Positive Effects on Positive Emotions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6407.

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