Does self-reported chronic pain influence savoring of aesthetic experiences?

PLoS One. 2021 Nov 12;16(11):e0259198. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0259198. eCollection 2021.


Background: Aesthetic experiences elicit a wide range of positive emotions and have a positive impact on various health outcomes. In this context, savoring refers to a cognitive form of emotion regulation used to maintain and extend positive emotional experiences and is considered to contribute to health and well-being. Chronic pain has been linked to reduced reward-seeking behavior. This is the first study to investigate the relationship between self-reported chronic pain and savoring.

Methods: We conducted an anonymous cross-sectional survey in a large non-clinical sample (opera, theater, and cabaret visitors; n = 322). The variables were assessed with a two-item-questionnaire.

Results: Self-reported chronic pain was significantly negatively correlated with savoring (r = -.547).

Conclusion: Altogether, this result helps to develop a better understanding of the effects of chronic pain in humans and to shed light on state-dependent differences in aesthetic experiences.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / pathology
  • Chronic Pain / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Esthetics*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Report
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Grant support

The authors received no specific funding for this work.