Monday, April 1, 2013

Love 2.0

I have always talked about the power of love in our lives, and how we need to embrace it in all aspects of our lives to really reap the benefits. Barbara Fredrickson’s new book proves just how much of a benefit love can be for your health, happiness, and longevity.

Following years spent studying positive emotions, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, provides a new scientific view of love. Fredrickson describes love as energizing ‘micro-moments’ that leaves us with feelings of ‘positive resonance’ that occur when we have a connection with somebody and “share a source of positivity”. Fredrickson claims that these moments, which can happen between someone you love or a complete stranger, provide “powerful nourishment for your growth and health,” more so than any other source of positivity.

Fredrickson argues that we need to stop limiting love to an emotion associated with romance and marriage. We need to recognize it as a powerful emotion that can positively affect our entire being, and that can be experienced at various times throughout the day, with people who we don’t have a romantic relationship with. In her book, Fredrickson explores ways that you can experience positive resonance more frequently, to the betterment of yourself and even your work environment.