Positive Emotions

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

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 [...]

negative emotions

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 [...]

Positive and negative affect

What Is Positive and Negative Affect? Definitions + Scale

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 [...]

What Is Affective Forecasting? A Psychologist Explains

On a typical day, we all implicitly make predictions about future events. For instance, you may predict that your partner will return home in a [...]

Happy people

Positive Mindset: How to Develop 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 [...]

3 Emotional Intelligence Exercises (PDF)