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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Positivity: Post #2--Not Just Happiness

 Positivity is not just another form of happiness.
a.    Happiness is vague and difficult to quantify.
b.    Positivity—based on Frederickson’s research— emerges primarily from any one of ten positive emotions: Joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love (love is the most frequently experienced form of positivity).
c.    Positive or negative emotions are dependent on how you think. If you interpret events and ideas as either positive or negative, they change how you think and feel.
d.    Positivity can lead to a life that flourishes (is joyful, engaged, and driven by purpose) and has an effect on good health, prosperity and openness to the world. On the other hand, negativity can lead to a life in languish (is sad, disengaged, and without verve or direction) and has a pervasively negative effect on life.
e.    Introducing the Core Truths about Positivity: The Broaden and Build Theory
i.    Broaden: Positivity broadens and opens up our hearts and minds, allowing us to be more creative and receptive to new ideas.
ii.    Build: This broadening of heart and mind, which positive emotions produce, prepares us to build a good future: To learn, to change, to become someone new.

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