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How are emotions adaptive?

Facial expressions communicate emotion
People from multiple cultures interpret a particular facial expression as representing the same emotion.
Emotions serve cognitive functions
We use our emotions as a guide when making decisions. One theory is that we use emotions as somatic markers informing our behaviours - meaning we interpret our bodies responses and use that information to help make decisions.
Emotions strengthen interpersonal relations
Social bonds are strengthened when we can read other people's emotions accurately.