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New Research Suggests That Keeping Secrets, Particularly Ones About Positive News, Isn’t A Bad Thing And Actually Makes Us Feel More “Alive” And Energized

Following this, the participants assessed how much energy the news gave them and whether they planned to share it with others.

The study discovered that, on average, individuals had between 14 and 15 instances of good news, out of which about five to six were kept confidential.

Those participants who pondered over their concealed positive news experienced greater levels of energy compared to those who reflected on their non-secret good news.

Furthermore, participants who expressed an intention to eventually share their news, regardless of its secrecy status, also reported feeling more energized.

“Positive secrets that people choose to keep should make them feel good, and positive emotion is a known predictor of feeling energized,” Slepian said.

However, throughout four follow-up studies, the team also discovered that positive secrets can improve feelings of vitality for different reasons.

In one of these experiments, participants were shown a list of typical good news scenarios and asked to pick the one they thought was most likely to occur to them soon.

One group of participants envisioned keeping this good news a secret until they shared it with their partner later that day.

Another group imagined that they couldn’t contact their partner at the moment, thus delaying the sharing of the news until later.

The study found that participants who deliberately chose to withhold the information for a surprising reveal felt more energized compared to those who were simply unable to share the news immediately.

In a different experiment, participants were requested to remember a current positive secret (one that made them feel good), a current negative secret (one that made them feel bad), or just any current secret they had.

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