Positive Psychology Program
Positive and negative emotions

What are Positive and Negative Emotions and Do We Need Both?

27 Apr 2019
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You might think that positive psychology is all about positive emotions. You’d be forgiven for thinking that, given positive psychology’s inherent positive bent! But the field isn’t all about positive emotions. Negative emotions are an inevitable part of life and something that we nee
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negative emotions

What are Negative Emotions and How to Control Them? (Incl. List + Benefits)

08 Apr 2019
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We all experience emotions from an early age. As adults attempting to navigate the often chaotic world of modern life, the range of emotions we experience in a day can change dramatically. Our ability to feel and respond to our emotions is often taken for granted. We rarely stop to th
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Positive Affectivity

What is Positive and Negative Affect in Psychology?

08 Nov 2018
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The difference between “affect” and “effect” is hard enough for a lot of us to grasp. Which is which, again? Do I have an affect or an effect on my spouse? Does my spelling affect my grade or effect my grade? Keeping track of these two different versions can prove challenging already,
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What is Affective Forecasting? Definition + Daniel Gilbert's Work

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

01 Sep 2018
5
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: 89 Ways to Achieve a Positive Mental Attitude

05 Jul 2018
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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)

09 May 2018
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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)

5 Worksheets for Challenging Negative Automatic Thoughts (+PDF)

16 Mar 2018
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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

12 Mar 2018
13
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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The Pursuit of Happiness: Using the Power of Positive Emotions

13 Dec 2016
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Happiness is such a central concept in life that not many people pause to consider what happiness is and why we strive so tirelessly to attain it. The pursuit of happiness is not just an abstract idea but a tenet integral to humanity. It is encoded in Western culture for centuries and
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6 Exercises for Positive Emotions: Start Your Upward Spiral Today

15 Oct 2016
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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 practices to help incre
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positive emotions

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

30 Aug 2016
13
The broaden-and build-theory is a model for explaining the mechanisms behind positive emotions in our minds and bodies. What are its effects? What is the evolutionary reason is behind these emotions? Studying emotions has always been a challenge, but it is important to understand and
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TedTalks on Mindfulness

10 Must-Watch TED Talks on Positive Emotions

28 May 2016
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Barbara Fredrickson (2009), the researcher who developed the Broaden-and-Build Theory, introduced us to the idea that as we experience more positive emotions, we travel in an upward spiral where happiness and well-being can become a reality. Fredrickson’s research on the dynamic
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