Positive emotions do so much more than just make us feel good. In the moment they have a broaden impact which literally expands our normal perspectives, and eye tracking research shows that they actually increase our peripheral vision. By seeing more, we have more ideas, more thoughts on what we might do next and we become more creative.
Flourishing people have a higher ratio of positive emotions.
The degree to which people experience positive emotions predicts whether they will be flourishing or languishing in life. Beyond the wonderful in the moment benefits, positive emotions also build resources in us that remain long after the emotion has gone. They build our intellectual, physical and social resources, which we can draw on later.