Belinda Campos

While we think of joy as a kind of proxy for good feelings of any kind, researchers, including University of California, Irvine professor Belinda Campos, have broken positive emotions down into a “family tree.” Alongside joy, there are close cousins like gratitude and awe. And one of the primary benefits all of them have is to help us shift our perspective beyond ourselves: “positive emotions,” says Campos, “are part of what helps you to put others before the self.”

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