Below you will find a list of positive emotions resources that might be of help to the interested. Going through the articles and videos set out below will provide you a thorough understanding of positive emotions and Barbara Fredrickson’s ‘Broaden-and-Build‘ theory.
Research has shown that individuals who increase the amount of positive emotions that they experience are better able to find positive meaning in their negative circumstances.
Interestingly, negative emotions serve a purpose as well. The following article discusses this purpose and will provide you with three practical tips that you can immediately start to apply in your daily life.
In case you want to know more about Barbara Fredrickson’s ‘Broaden-and-Build’ theory of positive emotions, you’re in luck. The following article discusses both the broadening and the building part of the theory and the (great) implications that this theory has. Christiane Arrivillaga recommends you two videos on the broaden-and-build theory towards the end of her article.
Wikipedia gives us an interesting example of what the broaden-and-build mindset can lead to:
“Curiosity about a landscape becomes valuable navigational knowledge; pleasant interactions with a stranger become a supportive friendship; aimless physical play becomes exercise and physical excellence.”
Kristen Truempy takes us on a journey through the woods and shows us what happens when a brain is soaked in negative emotions, after we get attacked by a bear for instance. She also discusses the physical effects of both positive and negative emotions and explains how we can cultivate the positive ones in an authentic way.
Paul Wierzbicki discusses the ‘Hedonic Treadmill’ and clearly explains how it can be that you are no more happy a millionaire than you are a quadriplegic. Want to find out more? Give his article a read!
Nhu Tran explains the concept of ‘affective forecasting’ in her article and shows why we aren’t always the best judge on our own (future) emotions.
Reza Zolfagharifard has listed al the theories of positive emotions, starting with these 4 basic theories:
- the dynamic theory
- the psychophysiological theory
- the neurological theory
- the evolutionary theory
According to Nhu “to savor is to maintain, and sometimes to build up our positive experiences. If we know what savoring tactics are and how to apply them, we will be able to fully enjoy the happiness that life has to offer us.”