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Recalling a happy memory results in greater happiness than distraction.

Comment: The authors found that recalling a happy memory was more effective at changing sadness to happiness than simply engaging in distraction. That is, if you are sad, engaging in distraction is less effective in improving your mood than recalling a happy memory. It appears that recalling the memory in a concrete way is more effective than recalling the memory in an abstract way.

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