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 inc
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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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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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