To this conclusion came the researchers of the Hebrew University.
In their opinion, people experience more happiness if they allow themselves to show not only positive, but also negative emotions, for example, anger and hatred.
During the large-scale experiment, in which 2,300 students from the USA, Brazil, Israel, China, Ghana, Poland, Singapore and Germany participated, it was found out that all the respondents wanted to experience pleasant emotions more often. The greatest satisfaction from life was received by those who had the opportunity to honestly show emotions depending on the situation.
According to the author of the study, Dr. Maria Tamir, negative emotions, being unpleasant but not suppressed, are also useful for the human nervous system. Approximately 11% of respondents would like to less empathize with others, and another 10% dreamed of allowing themselves more negative emotions, such as hatred and anger.
Scientists argue that both anger and hatred are quite compatible with happiness, and the constant suppression of bad emotions is harmful to the nervous system.