Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 311–333

Regulation of Positive Emotions: Emotion Regulation Strategies that Promote Resilience



The regulation of emotions is essential in everyday life. In this paper, we discuss the regulation of positive emotional experiences. Our discussion focuses on strategies aimed at maintaining and increasing experiences of positive emotions. We discuss the importance of these strategies for well-being, and suggest that cultivating positive emotions may be particularly useful for building resilience to stressful events. Then, we explore possible mechanisms that link positive emotions to coping for resilient people, with a focus on the automatic activation of positive emotions while coping. We conclude by discussing alternative models and proposing future directions in the work on positive emotion regulation and resilience.

resilience emotion regulation positive emotions 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVassar CollegePoughkeepsieUSA
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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