The Science of Emotions

 

We all know from our own experience that negative and positive events in our everyday life affect our well-being.

 

Often we don’t feel like we can control our emotions, but it turns out we can.

 

Emotion regulation means that we can influence which emotions we have, when we have them, as well as how we experience and express them.

 

 

 

How we regulate our emotions is an important aspect of how much we are affected by positive and negative events.

 

Research has shown that life events or situations do not directly affect wellbeing but are mediated by cognitive processes, such as emotion regulation.

 

In other words: that situations are “processed”. 

Research has further shown that happy and unhappy individuals do not differ in the number of stressful and negative life events they reported experiencing.

 

But happier people processed them differently than unhappy individuals.

 

Happy people rated positive events as making them happier, while unhappy people rated negative events as making them unhappier than did happy people.

Emotional intelligence

 

One study looked at the relationship between emotional intelligence, life satisfaction, and subjective happiness. More specifically, the study explored two emotion regulation strategies, namely savouring and dampening. 

 

It was found that individuals with greater emotional intelligence had greater life satisfaction and subjective happiness. Moreover, these people used more savouring and less dampening strategies, which increased their subjective happiness.

Research has shown that showing participants positive words and pictures can increase their positive mood. 

hiMoment takes it a step further, we don’t just show you any positive text or image, we remind you of your positive hiMoments.