Negative emotions make positive emotions more salient in well-being appraisal

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The extent to which positive affect is made more salient in forming judgments of global well-being when negative affect is common, after the effects of momentary mood and goal discrepancy are controlled, was investigated in a sample of Chinese university students (N = 205). Results showed that whereas goal discrepancy and positive affect were the strongest predictors of global well-being, affective contrast also enhanced global well-being in a way that offset the effects of negative affect, thus helping to maintain a positive sense of wellness when things are not going well. Although mood was strongly correlated with global well-being, its effect was not independent of long-term affect and goal discrepancy. Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-567
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006




Cheng, S.-T. (2006). Negative emotions make positive emotions more salient in well-being appraisal. Personality and Individual Differences, 40(3), 557-567. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2005.08.002


  • Subjective well-being
  • Endowment
  • Contrast
  • Affect
  • Goal discrepancy