Positive and Negative Mood Trajectories and Their Relationship With Work Ability, Self-Rated Health, and Life Satisfaction: A 13-Year Follow-Up Study

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Objective:To investigate the change trajectories of positive and negative moods and their relationship to work ability, self-rated health, and life satisfaction in a three-wave 13-year follow-up study.Methods:The data, consisting of Finnish firefighters (n = 360), were collected via questionnaires in 1996, 1999, and 2009.Results:Four distinct mood trajectories were identified by latent class growth modeling: (1) high positive, (2) high positive but decreasing, (3) moderately positive, and (4) high negative. The trajectory groups were differentially related to well-being. Members of the high positive trajectory had better well-being than members of other latent mood trajectories.Conclusions:Different trajectories exist in positive and negative moods, and these trajectories are differentially related to well-being. Developing work environments in which a positive mood can flourish is beneficial in terms of better well-being among employees.

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