According to new research, telling someone who is in distress something very simple, like “I understand why you feel that way,” can actually help people feel better.
During the study participants described something from their real life that had made them angry.
When researchers didn’t show support or understanding for the participants’ anger the participant showed decline in positive emotions. On the other hand, when a researcher validated the anger the participants were saying their positive emotions seemed to stay the same.
Study participants also reported dips in their entire mood as they retold the event that had angered them. Only those who were validated reported feeling any recovery in good mood.
There was no notable difference found in participants negative emotions. Researchers say this speaks to how powerful focusing on protecting positivity can be.
While it is really important to help people experiencing anxiety, fear or depression but the practice can also help people explore positive emotions such as love, flexibility, optimism or curiosity.