Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life by Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D. (Three Rivers Press, 2009), reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D.
Overview: First and foremost, positivity makes you feel good and gives you an injection of natural hormones that makes you both happier and healthier at the same time. Those same natural chemicals ushered in by positivity broaden and expand your mind, making it more adaptable and receptive. Positivity then helps reduce stress, allowing you to build out significant areas of your mind and your life because you stay open and receptive to life’s opportunities—not closed down by fear, anger, or depression. It also builds your psychological immune system—resilience—the ability to bounce back from negativity that life naturally brings. The positivity ratio of 3:1 (Losada’s Line) offers us a concrete goal to set a path toward thriving, not just surviving. This book is one you’ll want to read cover to cover and give to your best friend, relative or coworker.