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date: 21 June 2021

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In this chapter, we offer theoretical and scientific support for the pursuit of “Emotionally Intelligent Happiness,” defined as having the ability to experience the full spectrum of emotions in the service of living vitally, meaningfully, socially and successfully. Specifically, we explore the functional view of emotions, and explain how emotions—both positive and negative—can provide motivational, informational, and communicational support to help us achieve our goals. In the search for a more sustainable happiness, we argue that a fundamental shift must be made away from a focus on achieving a particular circumstance or static experience of positive emotion to a focus on cultivating a higher state of awareness regarding one’s emotions and their relationship to one’s desired values and goals. We argue that this shift can be accomplished by a subtle change in mindset and a gradual accumulation of emotionally intelligent skills.

Keywords: emotion, emotional intelligence, happiness, well-being, satisfaction, positive affect, eudemonia, hedonism, flourishing, emotion regulation

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