The present studies show that certain cognitive strategies (e.g. savoring practicing gratitude) enable individuals high in neuroticism to maintain or recover their positive emotions. In Study 1 participants (regardless of neuroticism differences) felt positive about a pleasant event if they savored it; however dampening the event caused individuals high but not low in neuroticism to feel less positive. Study 2 showed that being grateful for things in their lives helped participants maintain their affect balance after a positive mood induction or regain their affect balance after a negative mood induction. This research is thus the first step toward illuminating how people (including individuals high in neuroticism) could improve their momentary affect via the alternative route of maintaining or increasing positive emotions rather than the traditional solution of reducing negative emotions.
The IOC is a global community of coaches.