We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and . 28 Jan That’s precisely what psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, who has been explores in the unfortunately titled but otherwise excellent Love “Love ” a conversation with Barbara Fredrickson. Michael Edwards 5 August Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for.

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It can shield you from the especially good stuff as well. The only quibble I might have is the dry scientific tone it takes from time to time lofe such an emotional thing. Beating yourself up with the continual harshness of self-criticism is no way to make yourself feel safe in your own company.

Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connect We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Maybe I didn’t even like it at times. Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers.

The Big Idea: Barbara Fredrickson On Love 2.0

Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. In case you didn’t know, or failed to notice, mammals particularly people are essentially hard wired to focus on the negative shit, and pretty much equally biased to blow off, or completely take for granted the positive shit.

Because positivity resonance lasts temporarily usually seconds and our body is made to crave for it, we have to frequently nurture it p.

We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much.

“Love ” a conversation with Barbara Fredrickson | openDemocracy

The major aims of this book are to explore love in terms of biology, emotional and interpersonal science and, to further demonstrate how love can expand our ways of perception and can ultimately improve rel The book has two parts: I thought it would be about the different types of love for example, romantic, platonic, familial, etc. Love tends to be positive on the whole, otherwise it is not love, there is new and ample evidence for the resonance or synchrony in our minds in the form of mirror neurons, and of course, love is a little useless just sitting there without action.


It’s got some really redeeming moments. There was some stuff about the Vegas nerve but not enough. This discovery opens a new window onto how micromoments of love serve as nutrients for your health.

Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become

In return, being healthier and happier would enable us to experience more love and become more resilient and wiser. Many of her suggestions revolve around using loving kindness mediations—a Buddhist-based practice in which you send frdrickson positive wishes to yourself and people in your community, gratitude practices, or conscious focusing of your attention toward positive interactions with others.

Too many stories have shown that parents risk their lives to protect their children even in dangerous situations when their own safety is threatened. In it, Fredrickson tries to show that love for others – all others – can be consciously cultivated and applied in every sphere of life. The intention to love and the reasoning to love are more important than physical connections in determining what love is. Her research showed there is an evidence-based reason for hope: Get the science of a meaningful life delivered to your inbox.

Even so, that special bond and the commitments people often build around it are better taken as the products of love — the results of the many smaller moments in which love infuses you — rather than as love per se. One or two might push their way through the cracks and bloom, but the odds are stacked against it. As I detailed in Positivity, their agility stems from their steady diet of positive emotion. Wise people, studies show, are especially discerning because they are able to see holistically and integrate seemingly contradictory perspectives to achieve balance and well-being in everyday life.

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Love can even give you a palpable sense of oneness and connection, a transcendence that makes you feel part of something far larger than yourself.

La felicidad se forma de micromomentos y lo mismo el amor. Before these reverberations fade, they initiate biochemical cascades that help remake who you are, both in body and in mind. Scroll To Top Love has been extolled in countless songs and movies.

I need to ask you to disengage from some of your most cherished beliefs about love as well: True love does not always produce positivity resonance. Mar 13, Sean Goh rated it really liked it. This line of work may end up changing both what we mean by love and what we take as evidence for love and its effects.

This kind of love is bound to lead to suffering.

This article — and everything on this site — is funded by readers like you. A Gallup poll done last year identified that most people are looking for a gredrickson person to love, and that most people who have one say that person is the top source of happiness in their life.

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Even though love is defined throughout this book as moments of positivity shared between and lov people, the positivity shared between knower and known — between I and me — provides a vital foundation for all other forms in positivity, before we can freely enjoy the many other fruits of positivity resonance that we can share with others.

Thick Problems and Thin Solutions. I love that she brings in neuropsychiatric research that has changed the way we view the brain fredrickkson emotions. It also plays a role in coordinating heart rate and breathing: I usually think of meditation as outside the realm of science and Fredrickson defines love as positive resonance between people.