Remembering What You're Supposed to Forget, and Forgetting What You're Supposed to Remember

Which is easier to remember, a happy memory such as the time you ate out with your friend, or a sad memory of how that same friend betrayed you? Although we may have many positive memories with someone, usually, we remember the bad things more than the good things that we experienced with them.

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