Duration: 1 hour
Price: Free

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s two decades of scientific research on positive emotions has become foundational within the new positive psychology. She discovered that experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio with negative ones leads people to a tipping point beyond which they naturally become more resilient to adversity and lead more vibrant, flourishing lives.

Positive emotions literally change people’s outlook on life, widening their perspectives. According to Fredrickson’s broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, this shift in mindset drives people to discover and build new traits, skills, and resources, becoming better versions of themselves over time, change processes that can be vital within therapeutic contexts. In this presentation, Dr. Fredrickson will describe the science that backs up these claims and touch on the lab-tested tools for raising your own positivity ratio.

The measurable learning objectives include:

  • Learn how positive emotions change awareness and thinking.
  • Learn how positive emotions promote growth of resources, health and well-being.
  • Learn the role of appropriate negativity in flourishing mental health.

Audience: Managers, Executives and HR Professionals

About The Presenter

Barbara Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (a.k.a. PEP Lab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she holds appointments in Psychology and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her doctorate from Stanford University and has previously held faculty positions at Duke University and the University of Michigan. She has received numerous honors for her research on positive emotions, including the American Psychological Association's inaugural Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award. Her work has also received more than fifteen consecutive years of research funding from the U.S. National Institute of Health. She is co-author of a leading Introductory Psychology textbook, and with the publication of Positivity (Crown, 2009) she has written about her research for general audiences as well. For more information on Fredrickson's work, please visit www.PositivityRatio.com.

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