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Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life (vuoden 2009 painos)

Tekijä: Barbara Fredrickson (Tekijä)

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A psychologist explains how to create a richer, healthier, more fulfilling life through a process called the upward spiral that incorporates innovative techniques for using positivity to influence relationships, health, and work.
Teoksen nimi:Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life
Kirjailijat:Barbara Fredrickson (Tekijä)
Info:Harmony (2009), Edition: 1, 288 pages
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Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive (tekijä: Barbara Fredrickson)

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    Buddhan aivot : kčaytčannčon neurotiedettča onnellisuuteen, rakkauteen ja viisauteen (tekijä: Rick Hanson) (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: I actually like Buddha's Brain better, so I assume people who like Positivity (and some of the people who don't) might like this one.

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I read the first few chapters carefully, excited by the prospect of scientific evidence to explain the power of positive emotions. Then, it started to read more like a self-help book and I skimmed the rest. I do think it is important to consider her ten forms of positivity (joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love) because it broadens the standard recommendation to "just think positive." I also think her discussions of the ratio of positive to negative, how positivity broadens one's mind, and that people can increase their ratio are useful take aways. Her links are also useful: www.PositivityRatio.com and www.AuthenticHappiness.com ( )
  pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
(46) I tried. I really tried. I even took the positivity ratio test a bunch of days in a row. I intrinsically agree with the premise of this book written by a positive psychology researcher at UNC of all places. It's just the tone. The painful tone of writers of self-help books. I don't have the words. Its this combination of smugness, mixed with false modesty, dashed with a tinge of elitism, and topped with 'I'm so happy I can help you be happy.' It actually generates feelings of negativity in me. But I am sure this says more about me, rather than the book.

I like that she gave many different options for generating heartfelt positivity - permission to do things that bring you joy, mindfulness, nature, noticing, connection. Those are things I can relate to. There is nothing worse than being told there is only one way - i.e. you must meditate, you must keep a gratitude journal or any journal for that matter, and please, please don't make me make a 'positivity portfolio.' That's what the Apple Photos 'curated for you'' feature on your phone is for.

Despite my snarkiness, I do think I took some things away from this book. Negativity is contagious and I definitely choose to indulge in it with my colleagues more than I should. I can change my mental habits which will likely change my outlook, productivity, and relationships. But I actually think that engaging with art and literature has done this more for me than reading a dry dumbed down scientific self-help book any day. ( )
  jhowell | Nov 1, 2022 |
This book didn't feel like a typical "self-help" book. It felt like something that, by applying the ideas in this book can actually make a difference in my life. So, three days before finishing this book, I went to the web site, and have been taking the positivity test daily since then. So far, my scores fluctuate wildly. Just taking the test causes me to think about my day, and my attitude towards it.

"Positivity doesn't mean we should follow the axioms 'Grin and bear it' or 'Don't worry, be happy.' Those are simply superficial wishes." (Page 6)

"Your mild and feeling pleasant states are far more potent than you think. We know now that they alter your mind and body in ways that can literally help you create your best life." (Page 6)

There are ten forms of Positivity: Joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love. (Page 39)

"Positivity is not simply a property of individuals, resilience runs through the social fabric of communities. This is because positivity knows no boundaries. It runs between us as much as it runs within us." (Page 117)

"So, I invite you to study your days. Study your routines. Pay special attention to the circumstances that you find yourself in day in and day out, or with any degree of regularity. Honestly examine how those circumstances make you feel. What patterns do you see? Where does your gratuitous negativity accumulate? Where does your heartfelt positivity spring forth? Develop an eye for your own land mines and wellsprings." (Page 148-149)

"With the starter dough of honest negativity, rumination creates an expanding rat's nest of gratuitous negativity that usurp your mental space." (Page 164) I liked this sentence because I enjoy making sourdough bread & thus, have a feel for how the starter expands.

"Fairly neutral activities can break the cycle of rumination and allow you to step out of your downward spiral." (Page 165)

"Years ago, Oprah popularized the idea of keeping a gratitude journal. She encouraged people to write down five things they love each day." (Page 187)

Chapter 10: Increase Positivity
- Sincerity Matters
- Enter Positive Psychology
- Find Positive Meaning
- Savor Goodness
- Count Your Blessings
- Kindness Counts
- Follow Your Passions
- Dream About Your Future
- Apply Your Strengths
- Connect with Others
- Connect with Nature
- Open Your Mind
- Open Your Heart (Loving kindness meditation)
- The View from Here (This is not a fad - it's been scientifically tested)

Part II: Raise Your Ratio
Chapter 8: Where Are You Now?
Chapter 9: Decrease Negativity
Chapter 10: Increase Positivity

Chapter 11: A New Toolkit
Tool 1. Be Open (... give yourself permission and time to experience the richness of the present moment.)
Tool 2. Create High-Quality Connections (Do it everyday with everyone you encounter.)
Tool 3. Cultivate Kindness
Tool 4. Develop Distractions (... important tools for breaking the grip of rumination...)
Tool 5. Dispute Negative Thinking
Tool 6. Find Nearby Nature (Locate a dozen places you can get to ... in minutes... Make these places regular destinations, whether to exercise, socialize, or just be one with nature.)
Tool 7. Learn and Apply Your Strengths (https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/testcenter)
Tool 8. Meditate Mindfully
Tool 9. Meditate on Loving-kindness
Tool 10. Ritualize Gratitude (including gratitude for endings - endings are something we usually aren't thankful for)
Tool 11. Savor Positivity
Tool 12. Visualize Your Future (Visualize ... if all your dreams [for 10 years from now] came true. ... Imagine that you've reached your own best potential. [spend a week on it]; Make a mission statement; Make a 10 year plan. )
Personalize Your Self-Study (make it even more personal)

10 Tips for Creating and Using Positivity Portfolios (Still in Chapter 11)
1. Be sincere. Let your positivity be heartfelt, not forced.
2. Create depth within your positivity portfolio. Include multiple artifacts.
3. Make several portfolios. Don't rely on any single positive emotion.
4. Let your portfolios evolve over time. Keep adding to them.
5. Always keep one of your portfolios at hand.
6. Pull out your portfolio when you feel the pull of a downward spiral.
7. Engage with your portfolio mindfully with an open heart.
8. Keep a light mental touch. Don't analyze.
9. Rotate to another portfolio when one loses its charge.
10. Ask, "What could I do right now to cultivate this feeling?"

Chapter 12: Future Forecast: Flourishing
Fact 1. Positivity feels good.
Fact 2. Positivity broadens mind.
Fact 3. Positivity builds resources.
Fact 4. Positivity fuels resistance.
Fact 5. Positivity ratio above 3 to 1 forecast flourishing.
Fact 6. People can raise their positivity ratios.

I like the prescription that this book gives. She recommends taking a number of weeks to make the portfolios, and then keeping them fresh so that you actually continue to look at them with interest. I've been doing the daily positivity check for a couple of weeks now. I've not been as successful on the portfolios, but have one put together and have an outline in place for the rest. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Admittedly, I was not in the correct mindset for this book: having read it at the behest of my employer and not seeking it out to enhance my life. However, I remain open to Fredrickson's approach and find merit in her central idea that that positivity is a state of mind that can be encouraged and expanded by mindful meditation and monitoring of responses to our daily environment/interactions. Negativity is not something to be avoided (as that is a fool's errand), but mitigated in seemingly small, yet overall monumental ways. Using her "Positivity Self Test" (which can be taken online at positivityratio.com) or by merely reflecting upon your day, note the situations/people that elicited overall negative emotions. Do this for an extended period of time to see what occurs frequently (depends on how constant your life is) and brainstorm small changes you can make to these continual events/interactions that would improve them, even marginally so. On the flip side, recognize what frequently inspires moments of positivity and actively work towards increasing those while being aware of additional opportunities to genuinely enjoy small segments of your day. Engaging in this self reflection, followed by enacting minor improvements will eventually lead to an upward spiral in which your mindset will be largely positive. Negative events/interactions will still occur, but you will be able to absorb/move past them with increased ease (obviously with a limit). Sure, this method makes sense to me - the mind is powerful and attitude really does have a significant impact on overall outlook. But jesus, this would have been an excellent and compelling essay (if written by someone else, but based on her and others' research), but this book is just bad. Well, that's not fair, the point was evident. ( )
  dandelionroots | Dec 15, 2014 |
I don't know why I am so hostile towards this book. I think it might be very helpful, but I just became angry reading it, so my 2.5 stars might be unfair. The premise of this book is that the ratio of positive to negative moments in your life makes a big difference in how expansive and fulfilling your life can be. The author, an internationally respected professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says that she has discovered a "tipping point". If your positivity/negativity ratio is above 3, you prosper. Below that, you don't. The first half of the book focuses on validating her theory and proving to her general audience that she arrived at it through rigorous scientific testing and interactions with other very famous people. It took a long time, with somewhat repetitive writing to make that point, although this is by no means a long book. By the time I got to the second half of the book, I was already angry. Maybe that means this book is written for someone exactly like me! The second half of the book has practical suggestions for decreasing your negativity and increasing your positivity so that your ratio rises above 3. While some of the suggestions are useful, I remain skeptical. On the other hand, after taking her positivity ratio test, it seems I am in need of some positivity, so perhaps I will try to follow her advice for a month and see how it goes. Not particularly well-written but potentially helpful for people who need to make just a bit more effort to get the most out of their lives. ( )
  krazy4katz | Jun 24, 2012 |
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