psychological benefits of positive emotions

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Track your experience of positive and negative emotions over 4 days this week. One way to remind yourself is to set your phone alarm to go off at different times of the day. Check in at least three times each day. When the alarm goes off, write the emotion you are experiencing or experienced in the last hour and rate it using a 0–4 scale in which 0 = neutral and 4 = extremely positive or negative emotions.

Example 1: As you come out of a store, you observe a remarkable sunset.

Example 2: You may have been fearful that you missed a deadline at work, school, or home.

List the emotion, the reason, and the rating; see the examples below.

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4
Positive emotionsHappiness at the sight of the sunset: 4/4
Negative emotionsFear of missing a deadline at work: 3/4

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you address the following:

· Did you experience more positive or negative emotions during the tracking period?

· What did you notice about the range of emotions you experienced during the 4 days? What type of experiences generated the strongest emotional responses?

· Explain the psychological benefits of positive emotions as discussed in this week’s readings.

· What are some strategies to help cultivate positive emotions in your life?

Include the chart you created, and use the Tracking Example as a guide.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. 

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