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date: 22 May 2017

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According to attachment theory, the availability of caring, supportive relationship partners and the resulting sense of attachment security are crucial for effective emotion and maintenance of mental health and psychological functioning throughout life. This chapter briefly summarizes attachment theory and explains its relevance to a variety of positive emotions. The discussion is organized around relations between major patterns of attachment, on the one hand, and positive emotions, overall psychological well-being, positive emotions in the context of close relationships, emotional reactions to a relationship partner’s happiness, and broaden-and-build consequences of positive emotions on the other. The literature as a whole clearly indicates that relationships and experiences in relationships are very important in determining the arousal, experience, expression, and consequences of happiness. 

Keywords: attachment, close relationships, happiness, positive emotions, emotion regulation

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