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Negative State Relief



Negative State Relief:

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A process in which people escape their depressed state by doing something good for others. For example, giving a homeless person a dollar bill may make you happier than the receiver. Giving the dollar lets you escape your unpleasant thoughts regarding the person's situation, and thus, allows you to maintain your mood.