affect in a positive way

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The verb affect is normally defined as to produce an effect upon someone or something. The definition seems neutral, but most example sentences given by the dictionaries seem negative, though some are neutral.

Is it all right to use affect when referring to positive changes? For example:

1. The increase in salary will affect only regular employees. (=only their salaries will increase)
2. If we decide to give them a bonus point, only their scores will be affected. (=only their scores will increase)
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