Therefore, moods rely on the personal beliefs that in many cases cannot be verified. In other words, the moods experienced by the individual do not rely on facts (Compton, 2005). For instance, the man in the scenario had good moods, but this mood cannot be verified to have come from expectation to see his new born child. Latest studies have indicated that moods and emotions have a considerable effect on almost all psychological process (such as attention, experience of self, perception and memory). Being in a positive mood or happy promotes a more adaptable response to the world in various ways.
For example, the state of being in a positive mood is most likely to enhance the efficiency of decision making, increase altruism, enhance creativity, and reduce aggression. Positive mood is thought to increase the interpersonal relationship quality. Studies have shown that mood can have an effect on perception, self-focused attention, judgment, and memory (Compton, 2005). Boniwell (2006), states that positive affective experiences have a long-term effect and contribute to the individual’s growth and personal development. Positive emotions expand a person’s thinking and attention; this indicates that we possess more greater and positive variety of thoughts.
When one experiences positive emotions (such as interest or joy), he or she is likely to be more creative, see more opportunities, be open-minded, and be more flexible, to play, and be open to relationships with the rest. For instance, in the scenario, the man can be said to be possessing positive emotions. This is because he was able to approach the child and the woman in different contexts. Love Though the man’s action (not concentrating on driving) may not be justified, he shows some elements of love towards his family.
The woman also seems to understand that the man was in a hurry to see his family; it is probable that this in an indication of love towards his family. The need to belong is one of the most important features of humanity. According to the Self-Determination Theory, love is described as relatedness (the requirement to have secure and close human connections). When that need is satisfied, the person feels positive feelings and emotions.
Long-lasting episodes of loneliness are characterized by dissatisfaction and negative affect (Boniwell, 2006). The requirement to belong exists with another necessary need; it is required for the expansion of the self boundaries. Self-expansion is achieved through a number of means such as money, power, love, influence, and material possessions.
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