Singing in the rain
When beauty touches us, it awakens our aesthetic response, ranging from contentment and satisfaction to delight, rejoicing, and awe: these modes of experience register our recognition of universal beauty. The most common positive emotions are joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride (paired with humility), amusement, inspiration, awe, and love. As long as positive emotions arise from perceptions that are in the ballpark of reality or from actions that are good, the emotions not only feel good, but they are also essential for our well-being. Moreover, in order for positive emotions to fulfill their mission in us, we must allow them to flourish: when positive emotions begin to dawn, we can take the time to allow them to come forth fully, to permeate, open, uplift, and strengthen us. We can also recycle a negative emotion into a good experience; for that micro-transformation it helps to respond with attention and wisdom in an attitude of faith.
What diverse emotions have you experienced in responding to beauty in the different moods of nature? What happens when you take the time to allow the full experience of positive emotion to come to its flourishing? Do you have a technique for recycling unbeautiful emotions?
If any of you is unfamiliar with perhaps the most loved song-and-dance sequence in 20th century film, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ
 This paragraph draws on Barbara L. Fredrickson, Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2009).