What good are positive emotions?
Review of General Psychology
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1998
Source ID: shanti-sources-22349
Zotero Collections: Contemplation by Applied Subject, Emotions and Contemplation, Psychology and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
Abstract: This article opens by noting that positive emotions do not fit existing models of emotions. Consequently, a new model is advanced to describe the form and function of a subset of positive emotions, including joy, interest, contentment, and love. This new model posits that these positive emotions serve to broaden an individual's momentary thought-action repertoire, which in turn has the effect of building that individual's physical, intellectual, and social resources. Empirical evidence to support this broaden-and-build model of positive emotions is reviewed, and implications for emotion regulation and health promotion are discussed.