Against the current of ambient hedonism, work carried out as part of the "Feel bad, live well! " project aims to rehabilitate so-called negative emotions such as fear, anger or guilt, which, according to the researchers, actively contribute to a better life.

Just as much as joy, virtue or pleasure, anger, shame or sadness are indispensable ingredients for happiness. In addition to their instrumental usefulness, so-called "negative" emotions contribute intrinsically to well-being and the feeling of living a "good life". Against the current of ambient hedonism, this is the idea that structures the Feel bad, live well! project. A study supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation for the period 2018-2021 and directed by Julien Deonna and Fabrice Teroni, both philosophers of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences based at Campus Biotech.