Overview: Love is our supreme emotion. A person’s need for love is as essential as the need for sunlight and water for a plant. Love literally changes the mind and body. A world class psychologist and researcher, Barbara Frederickson contends that rather than love being a lasting, exclusive, or even sexual event, it’s WAY more! To Frederickson, love is a “micro-moment of positivity resonance”—warmth and connection with another person. Two conditions for such intense loving moments: Feeling safe (not threatened) and physical co-presence. Because we connect many times a day with others in conversation and other activities, such activities can generate positive resonance—LOVE. We don’t have to pine away waiting for our one true love to come along to experience the power of love. It’s right there every day, in every connection with everyone we stop to appreciate and pay attention to. Love, like other positive emotions (joy, gratitude, hope) opens us up to become a better version of ourselves.
Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do
and Become (Hudson Street Press, 2013) by Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D.,
reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D., February 2013.