Positive Emotions

The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions explains how positive emotions can broaden one’s thoughts, actions, and awareness.

Repressing Emotions: 10 Ways to Reduce Emotional Avoidance

Repress emotions

Emotions are part of who we are; however, many of us have a difficult relationship with negative emotions. We consider them uncomfortable and problematic. As a species, we are primed to avoid pain and suffering to ensure our survival. Cue: enter ‘emotional repression.’ Emotional repression is all about avoiding emotional […]

12 Radical Acceptance Worksheets For Your DBT Sessions

Radical Acceptance Worksheets

“Wasn’t me!” she said with a guilty smile. Denial is a powerful defense mechanism. Some people rely more heavily on denial in a crisis situation than others. When a person utilizes denial or another defense mechanism, they often end up feeling worse and in even more distress. This is because […]

Understanding Emotions: 15 Ways to Discover What You’re Feeling

Understanding Emotions

Human emotions evolved so that we can respond quickly to life-or-death situations. After all, while fear may prevent us from behaving in a ‘life-limiting’ way, anger can drive us to protect ourselves or those closest to us. While evidence suggests some emotions are universal, there is no one-size-fits-all emotional balance […]

What is the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule? (PANAS)

The Positive and Negative Affect Schedule or (PANAS) is a scale that consists of different words that describe feelings and emotions. (Magyar-Moe, 2009). One of these scales measures positive affect, and the other measures negative affect. Positive affect refers to the propensity to experience positive emotions and interact with others […]

What is Emotion Regulation? + 6 Emotional Skills and Strategies

Emotions signal threats and rewards. Much like a compass that guides us in the right direction, emotions have the power to guide us to the right actions. For example, when a child commits a mistake, he might get scared and lie to his parents about it, or avoid confronting them […]

Using the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

Used to describe a person’s ability to manage and respond to emotional experiences, emotion regulation is a concept receiving ever-growing interest in mental health and psychotherapy research. Regardless of the source, unchecked emotions have the potential to spin out of control and escalate to regrettable and sometimes distressing situations and […]

What are Positive and Negative Emotions and Do We Need Both?

You might think that positive psychology is all about positive emotions. You’d be forgiven for thinking that, given positive psychology’s inherent positive bent! But the field isn’t all about positive emotions. Negative emotions are an inevitable part of life and something that we need to experience in order to have […]

What are Negative Emotions and How to Control Them?

We all experience emotions from an early age. As adults attempting to navigate the often chaotic world of modern life, the range of emotions we experience in a day can change dramatically. Our ability to feel and respond to our emotions is often taken for granted. We rarely stop to […]

What is Positive and Negative Affect in Psychology?

The difference between “affect” and “effect” is hard enough for a lot of us to grasp. Which is which, again? Do I have an affect or an effect on my spouse? Does my spelling affect my grade or effect my grade? Keeping track of these two different versions can prove […]

What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert's Work

The term “affective forecasting” may be a bit off-putting. After all, what in the world can “affective forecasting” mean? Doesn’t forecasting have something to do with the weather? Or perhaps statistical modeling? Predicting sales for next quarter? All of these activities require some form of forecasting; the main difference is […]

What is Positive Mindset: 89 Ways to Achieve a Positive Mental Attitude

It is probably not a surprise to you that positivity is, inherently, at the center of positive psychology. Positivity doesn’t always refer to simply smiling and looking cheerful, however—positivity is more about one’s overall perspective on life and their tendency to focus on all that is good in life. In […]

Flourishing in Positive Psychology: Definition + 8 Practical Tips (PDF)

What does it mean to flourish? As a person, I mean. We can probably agree that a plant which is healthy and blooming can be said to “flourish,” and that a business that is booming and raking in record profit is “flourishing.” But what does it mean for a human […]

5 Worksheets for Challenging Negative Automatic Thoughts (+PDF)

Automatic thoughts are images, words, or other kinds of mental activity that pop into your head in response to a trigger. These thoughts can seem mundane or unimportant, but they can, in fact, be extremely impactful. The types of automatic thoughts a person has can affect their health outcomes as […]

Positive Emotions: A List of 26 Examples & Definition in Psychology

Most people like to feel good, and positive emotions just plain feel good. They don’t necessarily need a reason or cause behind them for us to enjoy them; we just do. Experiencing emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, hope, and inspiration is vital for anyone who wants to lead a happy […]

21 Emotion Regulation Worksheets & Strategies

As humans, we will never have complete control over what we feel, but we have a lot more influence over how we feel than you might have heard. The skills that allow you to manage and direct your emotions are called emotion regulation skills (see self-regulation), and it doesn’t take […]

Emotion Focused Therapy: Understanding Emotions to Improve Relationships

The term “Emotion Focused Therapy” may sound a little redundant. After all, what kind of therapy ignores the client’s emotions? A therapy that ignored the emotions of those who participated will probably not be very effective. While many other kinds of therapy focus on the emotions of clients, both intra- […]

The Pursuit of Happiness: Using the Power of Positive Emotions

Happiness is such a central concept in life that not many people pause to consider what happiness is and why we strive so tirelessly to attain it. The pursuit of happiness is not just an abstract idea but a tenet integral to humanity. It is encoded in Western culture for […]

6 Exercises for Positive Emotions: Start Your Upward Spiral Today

Researchers have found new ways to increase positive emotions and well-being. Psychologists including Martin Seligman, Barbara Fredrickson, Jon Kabat-Zin, and Amy Cuddy, have shared findings to help increase the level of positivity you can experience in your life. The six techniques described below have all been shown to boost positive […]

Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions (+PDF)

The broaden-and build-theory is a model for explaining the mechanisms behind positive emotions in our minds and bodies. What are its effects? What is the evolutionary reason is behind these emotions? Studying emotions has always been a challenge, but it is important to understand and advance our well-being. Researcher Barbara Fredrickson […]