Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Jan 27, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral."

You’ll discover:

•What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective
• The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity
• Why positivity is more important than happiness
• How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives
• The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 "positivity ratio" as a key tipping point
• That your own sources of positivity are unique and how to tap into them
• How to calculate your current positivity ratio, track it, and improve it

With Positivity, you’ll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.
 

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User Review  - dandelionroots - LibraryThing

Admittedly, I was not in the correct mindset for this book: having read it at the behest of my employer and not seeking it out to enhance my life. However, I remain open to Fredrickson's approach and ... Read full review

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User Review  - krazy4katz - LibraryThing

I don't know why I am so hostile towards this book. I think it might be very helpful, but I just became angry reading it, so my 2.5 stars might be unfair. The premise of this book is that the ratio of ... Read full review

Contents

Waking Up to Positivity
3
Positivity Means Not Ends
15
What Is Positivity?
37
Broaden Your Mind
54
Build Your Best Future
74
Bounce Back from Lifes Challenges
97
PART
110
Raise Your Ratio
146
Increase Positivity
179
A New Toolkit
199
Flourishing 22
224
Positivity Self Test
233
Notes
235
Recommended Resources
265
Acknowledgments
267
Index
271

Where Are You Now? I41 Chapter 9 Decrease Negativity
158

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About the author (2009)

BARBARA L. FREDRICKSON, PH.D., is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and principal investigator of the Positive Emotion and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology and also the author of Love 2.0.

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