Harmonious passion

Harmony in life correlates with well-being[10]. Harmonious passion leads to repeated positive experiences[4][9] that facilitates sustainable psychological well-being[3][5][7][8] while preventing the experience of negative affect, psychological conflict, and ill-being. Obsessions, or passion gone too far, on the other hand facilitate negative affect, conflict with other life activities, and psychological ill-being[2][6].

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