Why do We Need Positive Emotions? What Good are They?
Aside from simply feeling good, positive emotions are also an important piece of the happiness puzzle. While you will probably not achieve lasting happiness and well-being based on temporary, hedonic pleasure alone, positive emotions often provide the foundation for those fleeting but meaningful moments that make life worth living; for example, the joy of saying “I do” to your significant other, the love that overwhelms you upon holding your newborn for the first time, or the immense satisfaction you get from achieving something great in your career.
Although positive emotions may seem to have little purpose besides making us “feel good,” they actually do a few very important jobs.
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