A study found that people feel less sad if the feeling of sadness is personified, as it leads to a certain distance between the person and the emotion.
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By imagining that Sadness is a person, the sad person becomes detached from his/her sadness.
They can picture the sadness to have human traits or mannerisms, leading to an internal regulation of that particular emotion.
While this approach of humanizing the emotion appears to work for sadness, it can make a happy person less happy, if that feeling is humanized.
Other complex emotions like guilt and embarrassment may have any kind of effect and are yet to be studied.
Our moods and emotions play a powerful role in our behavioral choices and health.
Extensive studies show that sadness is related to tobacco use, with people wanting to puff away more frequently while being sad.
This new finding suggests smoking may not just be a habit, but deeply entwined with our emotions, and can be beneficial for future anti-smoking programs.