When I write a scene, I pay special attention to the emotions involved, and I try to make sure the reader would “feel” the emotions and not just read about them.
I draw from my own experience, in order to describe my body reactions and thoughts going through my mind at every emotional state: happiness, worry, anxiousness, fear, etc.
Throughout the years, I loved the books which “actually” made me laugh, cry, get upset, etc.—I loved the books which made me “feel”. I didn’t want to just read “flat” descriptions with no emotional “depth”.
So, as a writer, I don’t allow myself provide anything less to my readers, than what I expect from a good book. Most of the times, when I read an emotional scene, I’ve written, I found myself crying or laughing, depending on the mood described in the scene. If I don’t do that, then I rewrite the scene.
Please, feel free to share your own experience and comments.