What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert's Work

What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert’s Work

The term “affective forecasting” may be a bit off-putting. After all, what in the world can “affective forecasting” mean? Doesn’t forecasting have something to do with the weather? Or perhaps statistical modeling? Predicting sales for next quarter? All of these activities require some
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postive mindset

What is Positive Mindset and 89 Ways to Achieve a Positive Mental Attitude

It is probably not a surprise to you that positivity is, inherently, at the center of positive psychology. Positivity doesn’t always refer to simply smiling and looking cheerful, however—positivity is more about one’s overall perspective on life and their tendency to focus on all that
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Flourishing in Positive Psychology: Definition + 8 Practical Tips (PDF)

Flourishing in Positive Psychology: Definition + 8 Practical Tips (PDF)

What does it mean to flourish? As a person, I mean. We can probably agree that a plant which is healthy and blooming can be said to “flourish,” and that a business that is booming and raking in record profit is “flourishing.” But what does it mean for a human being to flourish? Some m
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Challenging Negative Automatic Thoughts: Examples + Worksheets (PDF)

Challenging Negative Automatic Thoughts: Examples + Worksheets (PDF)

Automatic thinking refers to the automatic thoughts people have in response to things happening around them. The types of automatic thoughts a person is likely to have can affect their health outcomes, as well as their overall quality of life. This article will cover what automatic th
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positive emotions

Positive Emotions: A List of 26 Examples + Definition in Psychology

Everybody likes to feel good. It’s one of the very few opinions that all humans—of every race, color, creed, religion, and political persuasion—have in common. We like to feel good, and positive emotions just plain feel good. They don’t necessarily need a reason or cause behind them f
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Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions: What is it and How to Use it in Counseling?

Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions: What is it and How to Use it in Counseling?

Can you guess how many emotions a human can experience? The answer might shock you – it’s around 34,000. With so many, how can one navigate the turbulent waters of emotions, its different intensities, and compositions, without getting lost? The answer – an emotion wheel. T
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The Pursuit of Happiness: Understanding the Power of Positive Emotions

Happiness is such a central concept in life that we don’t often pause to consider what, exactly, happiness is and why we work so tirelessly to attain it.   To many, the pursuit of happiness is not just an abstract idea but a tenet so integral to humanity that it was included in Americ
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dacher keltner

Dacher Keltner: Emotions in a Meaningful Life

“Emotions are signs of our commitment to others; emotions are encoded into our bodies and brains; emotions are our moral gut, the source of our most important moral intuitions.” – Dacher Keltner  Who is Dacher Keltner? Dacher Keltner is a social psychologist who has discerned ma
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6 Exercises for Positive Emotions: Start Your Upward Spiral Today

  Over the past few years, many researchers have found new and scientifically proven ways to increase positive emotions and well-being. From Martin Seligman to Barbara Fredrickson and from Jon Kabat-Zinn to Amy Cuddy, many psychologists have discovered and shared a number of diff
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Why We Need Both Negative and Positive Emotions

Update September 2016: It’s important to keep in mind that this article does not promote the elimination of negative emotions. Negative emotions have a very important role to play in our lives, as do positive ones. A healthy balance would be something to strive for. Eliminating
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Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions

Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions (+PDF)

The broaden-and build-theory could be defined as a model for explaining the mechanisms behind positive emotions in our minds and bodies, what their effects are, what the evolutionary reason is behind them and why studying them is so important for our well-being. Studying emotions has
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In the Moment With Emotions: Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

  One cannot be emotionally intelligent without mindfulness of one’s emotions and without sound and consistent emotional intelligence, one’s happiness is merely a mirage in the desert, seen but never truly reached. Despite appearing seemingly unattainable, emotional i
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TedTalks on Mindfulness

10 Must Watch Ted Talks on Positive Emotions

Barbara Fredrickson (2009), the developer of Broaden and Build Theory, introduces us to the idea that the more positive emotions we experience we begin to an upward spiral where happiness and well being can become a reality. Fredrickson’s research into the dynamics and benefits
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Positive Emotions and Sociability

5 Reasons Why Positive Emotions Make You More Sociable

“Positive emotions exert their power over the long term, and are critical to building a healthy and fruitful life” (Fredrickson, 2002) Imagine someone who is grumpy, angry, frustrated, complaining and dissatisfied with his/her life. Now think about a person who is friendly, kind and s
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on self-sufficiency and overcoming social anxiety

Overcoming Social Anxiety: How This Guy Did It And You Can Too

Today I met up with a dear friend of mine, rocket scientist and Udemy instructor Martin Georgiev. We spoke about the new online business that he is building up and about his aim: helping men in overcoming social anxiety. What started as a business brainstorm ended in Martin sharing th
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4 Reasons Broaden-and-Build is Needed In the Workplace

The “Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions” (Fredrickson, 2013) is one of positive psychology’s central ideas. Barbara Fredrickson has spent many years researching the role of positive emotions in human survival – a hitherto largely unexplored field of psychology. While much e
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