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Positive Emotions

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

Emotional Contagion

What Is Emotional Contagion Theory? (Definition & Examples)

You come home from a hard day at work, feeling tired and down. Opening the front door, you are hit with the sights, sounds, and [...]

Savoring in psychology

Savoring in Positive Psychology: 21 Tools to Appreciate Life

It’s challenging to focus on the bright side while living in a fast-paced world and being immersed in an influx of information heavily centered on [...]

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy: 17 Tools for Your EFT Sessions

Emotions are one of the most complex biological processes of humankind. The word dates back to 1579 from the French word emouvoir, which means “to [...]

How to be vulnerable

How to Be Vulnerable in Life and Therapy

Standing at the front of the church, giving my father’s eulogy, I felt equally vulnerable and empowered. The situation was bigger than me, and the [...]

Express emotions

How to Express Your Feelings: 30+ Emotional Expression Tips

Aristotle spoke of the pleasures inherent in the cathartic release of tension. Catharsis has since been used within the mental health field as a way [...]

Understanding Emotions

Understanding Emotions: 15 Ways to Identify Your Feelings

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, [...]

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 [...]

How to regulate emotion

Emotional Regulation: 6 Key Skills to Regulate Emotions

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 [...]

Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire

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 [...]

Positive and negative emotions

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 [...]

3 Emotional Intelligence Exercises (PDF)