can we create upward spirals of positive emotions?

Updated: Jan 4

an open book journey conversation with Dr. Barbara Frederickson

Bad moods can sometimes bring us down in a negative emotional spiral. Have you ever been in a bad mood that just got worse and worse as time went on? Negative downward spirals can sometimes get out of control, causing stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout. The good news is that there are simple techniques that can help you build more upward spirals of love and positive emotions while reducing the incidence of anxiety-triggering downward spirals.

On this episode of the open book journey, the founder of karuna, Arun Sardana, speaks with Dr. Barbara Frederickson about the simple ways in which we can find happiness more consistently. If you’d like to learn more about how we can broaden and build on our positive emotions, including the capacity to love and be loved, then you won’t want to miss this!

Dr. Barbara Frederickson is the author of Positivity and Love 2.0, and in 2017, she was honored with the Tang Prize for Achievements in Psychology, which was awarded to recognize exceptional career contributions to the wellbeing of humanity. Just one of the rich topics Dr. Frederickson and Arun discuss is the importance of safe, comfortable connections with others, and the pro-social attitudes that grow naturally from those positive connections.

Dr. Frederickson refers to this as positivity resonance:

“This positive, warm, connected feeling with others within your day predicts the degree to which you endorse these prosocial, connectedness views of the world that people are basically good, and that we should take care of one another.”

- Dr. Barbara Frederickson

Other people are the source of our most important positive emotions. Without these positive connections with others, we experience great consequences to our physical and mental health - and so it does us, and the world, a great deal of good to actively build on our prosocial behaviors. Ready to learn more? You can listen to the podcast right here, or you can find it anywhere you get your podcasts - and don’t forget to subscribe so you can follow us on our journey of uncovering the wisdom that lies behind the science of happiness.

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