Positivity resonance is a type of interpersonal connection characterized by shared positivity, mutual care and concern, and behavioral and biological synchrony. Perceived positivity resonance is hypothesized to be associated with well-being. In three studies (N = 175; N = 120; N = 173), perceived positivity resonance was assessed at the trait level (Study 1) or the episode level, using the Day Reconstruction Method (Studies 2 and 3). Primary analyses reveal that perceived positivity resonance is associated with flourishing mental health, depressive symptoms, loneliness, and illness symptoms. These associations largely remain statistically significant when controlling for daily pleasant emotions or social interaction more generally. Ancillary analyses in Studies 2 and 3 support the construct validity of the episode-level assessment of perceived positivity resonance. The overall pattern of results is consistent with Positivity Resonance Theory. Discussion centers on avenues for future research and the need for behavioral interventions.

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DOI: 10.1177/0146167218771324

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Major, Brett C., Khoa D. Le Nguyen, Kristjen B. Lundberg, and Barbara L. Fredrickson. "Well-Being Correlates of Perceived Positivity Resonance: Evidence from Trait and Episode-Level Assessments." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 44, no. 12 (May 2018): 1631-1647.