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date: 15 May 2021

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Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of research on the nature, origins, and outcomes of positive emotions. According to the broaden-and-build theory, positive emotions broaden and expand our attention, cognition, and receptivity to experiences in the present moment, and, over time, accumulate and compound, building long-term social, emotional, and physical resources. This chapter reviews supporting evidence for these two effects—the broaden effect and build effect—and consider underlying mechanisms and exciting directions for future research.

Keywords: positive emotions, broaden-and-build, undoing effects, resilience, flourishing, attention

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