This Is How Long Your Election Blues Will Last, According To Science

The pain is sharp, but short

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Does your world feel like it is ending? The pain of your side losing an election is a heavy blow that knocks the wind out of you. But according to a study of the 2012 American election, the pain will pass in about a week and your mood will stabilise.

An article by Tom Jacobs at Pacific Standard references a study published in the Journal of Experimental Political Science and says that whilst "You should be prepared to feel some intense emotional distress, it should lift pretty much completely by this time next week."

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The study followed roughly 210 Republicans and 111 Democrats in the weeks before and after the 2012 election. They asked voters, "How happy are you today  —  very happy, happy, so-so, unhappy, or very unhappy?"

Surprisingly, Democrats didn't report feeling much happier after Barack Obama retained the presidency but Romney supporters reported 30 to 60 percent drops in happiness after their candidate lost. However, Republicans well-being returned "to its normal level within seven days." In just a week the data indicated they had moved on.

Despite the small sample size, this is hopefully indicative of human resilience and our ability to bounce back emotionally.

Of course, this American election is more dramatic loss with a higher state of uncertainty, but just remember that the shock and pain will subside as the days go on.

If we're all still here in a week, that is.