||Converging findings suggest that depressed individuals exhibit disturbances in positive emotion.
No study, however, has ascertained which specific positive emotions are implicated in depression.
We report two studies that compare how depressive symptoms relate to distinct positive emotions at
both trait and state levels of assessment. In Study 1 (N=185), we examined associations between
depressive symptoms and three trait positive emotions (pride, happy, amusement). Study 2 compared
experiential and autonomic reactivity to pride, happy, and amusement film stimuli between
depressive (n=24; DS) and non-depressive (n=31; NDS) symptom groups. Results indicate that
symptoms of depression were most strongly associated with decreased trait pride and decreased
positive emotion experience to pride-eliciting films. Discussion focuses on the implications these
findings have for understanding emotion deficits in depression as well as for the general study of