Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also the author of Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life.
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Articles: Five Ways to Renew an Old LoveBy Barbara Fredrickson | February 12, 2013
Love is fleeting, says one of the world's leading experts on positive emotion. But with practice, you can foster love anytime you wish—and in doing so, renew old bonds.
Positive emotions don’t just make us feel good, explains Barbara Fredrickson. They transform our minds, our bodies, and our ability to bounce back from hard times. Learn Dr. Fredrickson’s research-tested formula for flourishing in life.
Videos and Podcasts: Positive Emotions Open Our MindBy Barbara Fredrickson | June 21, 2011
Barbara Fredrickson discusses how positive emotions broaden our awareness of the world, allowing us to become more in tune with the needs of others.
Videos and Podcasts: The Positivity RatioBy Barbara Fredrickson | June 18, 2011
Barbara Fredrickson shares her research on the ideal ratio of positive to negative emotions, and offers suggestions for how to flourish in life.
Videos and Podcasts: Positive Emotions Transform UsBy Barbara Fredrickson | June 14, 2011
Barbara Fredrickson suggests that positive emotions make us more resilient to setbacks, improve our relationships, and may even change our biological makeup.
Videos and Podcasts: Can People Change?By Barbara Fredrickson | June 11, 2011
Barbara Fredrickson describes how people can change on a fundamental level by changing how they interpret their lot in life.
Videos and Podcasts: Be Positive, Not ProductiveBy Barbara Fredrickson | June 9, 2011
Barbara Fredrickson explains why she believes our culture should place more value on positive emotions.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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