Based on the Self-Determination Theory, the present study examines the relation between individuals engagement in emotion crafting and their subjective well-being, by investigating basic psychological need satisfaction as a possible mediator. The sample consisted of 115 respondents (M = 29; SD = 11.87 ; 61% female) who filled out a daily evening questionnaire for one week assessing their daily experiences. Analyses based on aggregated data showed that individuals who demonstrated higher levels of emotion crafting also experienced more vitality, with experienced need satisfaction acting as a mediating process in this relation. Current findings add to the novel research concerning individuals proactive role in emotion regulation, indicating the importance of agency and the basic psychological needs for promoting individuals’ wellness.
Key words: Emotion Crafting, Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction, Well-being, Vitality, Self-Determination Theory, Daily Diary