4 Practical Benefits of Applying 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 Amer
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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 Barbera Fredrickson, from Jon Kabat-Zinn to Amy Cuddy. All of them have discovered and shared a number of different prac
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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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positive affectivity

Positive Affectivity: Why Some People Are Happier Than Others

Everyone experiences and reacts to happiness and positivity differently. Some can be very energetic and enthusiastic, and others are not as active. This also explains our different ways of interactions with the surroundings and environments. Positive affectivity refers to a trait that
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theories of positive emotions

All the Theories of Positive Emotions You Need to Know

“Each emotion is distinguished not by its function, but by the adaptive challenges of the situation in which it is useful”.                                                                                                                               Randolph M. Nesse (2005) There are
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affective forecasting

Affective Forecasting: Can We Predict Our Emotions?

We also are concerned with our future emotions and feelings. We all want to know how we are going to be. Will it be enjoyable if we go to that restaurant?  Will we live a happy life? The term Affective Forecasting is defined as our predictions about our future emotions. Definition The
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savoring techniques

Savoring or Dampening Positivity in Our Lives (+PDF)

When something good happened to you, what was your reaction? Maybe it made you smile like a monkey who just found a banana, or maybe it made you dance around the room. We all want to savor those positive moments, and we do it using different strategies and techniques. There are many s
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100 Most Shared Articles on Positive Emotions (+PDF)

First of all, I’d like to thank you for making our last webpage, 500 Awesomest Positive Psychology Pieces, such a big success! It has gotten major buzz within the positive psychology community due to the hundreds likes and shares it got on social media. Thank you so much for thi
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Understanding Positive Emotions

How to Understand and Develop Positive Emotions?

Imagine you are walking alone in a forest. You look to your right and then you see a footprint in the mud. It’s not a human footprint. It’s a bear’s footprint. This is not a fictional scenario I made up to introduce you to the psychology of emotions. I was that person on a hike in Yel
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