Positive psychology

Scholarly References:

  • Algoe, S. B. (2012). Find, remind, and bind: The functions of gratitude in everyday relationships.
    Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6 (6), 455-469.
  • Algoe, S. B., Fredrickson, B. L.. (2013). The social functions of the emotion of gratitude via expression.
    Emotion, 13, 605-609.
  • Barrett, L. F. (2012). Emotions are real.
    Emotion, 12 (3), 413-429.
  • Catalino, L. I., Fredrickson, B. L. (2014). Prioritizing positivity: An effective approach to pursuing happiness? Emotion, 14, 1155-1161.
  • Catalino, L. I., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2011). A Tuesday in the life of a flourisher: The role of positive emotional reactivity in optimal mental health.
    Emotion, 11, 938-950.
  • Cole, S. W. (2013). Social regulation of human gene expression: Mechanisms and implications for public health.
    American Journal of Public Health, 103(S1), S84-S92.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). Positive emotions broaden and build.
    Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1-53.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). Updated thinking on the positivity ratio.
    American Psychologist, 68, 814-822.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., et al. (2013).
    A functional genomic perspective on human well-being.
    PNAS, 110, 13684-13689.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., & Losada, M. (2005). Positive emotions and the complex dynamics of human flourishing.
    American Psychologist, 60, 678-686. [Corrected in 2013: “Correction to Fredrickson and Losada (2005)” American Psychologist, 68, 822.]
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (1998). What good are positive emotions?
    Review of General Psychology, 2, 300-319.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.
    American Psychologist, 56, 218-226.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., & Branigan, C. (2005). Positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought-action repertoires.
    Cognition & Emotion, 19(3), 313-332.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., Cohn, M. A., Coffey, K. A., Pek, J., & Finkel, S. M. (2008). Open hearts build lives: Positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources.
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(5), 1045-1062.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., & Levenson, R. W. (1998). Positive emotions speed recovery from the cardiovascular sequelae of negative emotions.
    Cognition and Emotion, 12(2), 191-220.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000).
    The undoing effect of positive emotions. Motivation and Emotion, 24(4), 237-258.
  • Fredrickson, B. L., Tugade, M. M., Waugh, C. E., & Larkin, G. R. (2003). What good are positive emotions in crises? A prospective study of resilience and emotions following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11th, 2001.
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 365-376.
  • Garland, E. L., Fredrickson, B. L., Kring, A. M., Johnson, D. P., Meyer, P. S., & Penn, D. L. (2010). Upward spirals of positive emotions counter downward spirals of negativity: Insights from the broaden-and-build theory and affective neuroscience on the treatment of emotion dysfunctions and deficits in psychopathology.
    Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 849-864.
  • George, J. M. (1995). Leader positive mood and group performance: The case of customer service.
    Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25, 778-794.
  • Gervais, M., & Wilson, D. S. (2005). The Evolution and functions of laughter and humor: A synthetic approach.
    The Quarterly Review of Biology, 80(4), 395-430.
  • Gross, M. M., Crane, E. A., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2012). Effort-shape and kinematic assessment of bodily expression of emotion during gait.
    Human Movement Science, 31, 202-212.
  • Gruber, J., Mauss, I. B., & Tamir, M. (2011). A dark side of happiness? How, when, and why happiness is not always good.
    Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 222-233.
  • Gruber, J. (2011). Can feeling too good be bad?: Positive Emotion Persistence (PEP) in bipolar disorder.
    Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 217-221.
  • Han, S. Lerner, J. S., & Keltner, D. (2007). Feelings and consumer decision making: The appraisal-tendency framework.
    Journal of Consumer Psychology, 17, 158-168.
  • Hasson, U. (2010). I can make your brain look like mine.
    Harvard Business Review, 88(12), 32-33.
  • Hegi, K. E. & Bergner, R. M. (2010). What is love? An empirically-based essentialist account.
    Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 620-636.
  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., & Layton, J. B. (2010).
    Social relationships and mortality risk: A meta-analytic review.
    PLoS Medicine, 7 (7), e1000316. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316
  • Kok, B. E., Waugh, C. E., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). Meditation and health: The search for mechanisms of action.
    Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 27-39.
  • Kok, B. E., … Fredrickson, B. L. (2013).
    How positive emotions build physical health: Perceived positive social connections account for the upward spiral between positive emotions and vagal tone. Psychological Science, 24, 1123-1132.
  • Kok, B. E. & Fredrickson, B. L. (2010).
    Upward spirals of the heart: Autonomic flexibility, as indexed by vagal tone, reciprocally and prospectively predicts positive emotions and social connectedness. Biological Psychology, 85, 432-436. DOI 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.09.005
  • Lindquist, K. A. & Barrett, L. F. (2008). Constructing emotion: The experience of fear as a conceptual act.
    Psychological Science, 19 (9), 898-903.
  • Maringer, M., et al. (2011).
    Beyond smile dynamics: Mimicry and beliefs in judgments of smiles.
    Emotion, 11(1), 181-187.
  • Mauss, I. B., et al. (2011).
    Can seeking happiness make people unhappy? Paradoxical effects of valuing happiness.
    Emotion, 11, 807-815.
  • Mauss, I. B., et al. (2012).
    The pursuit of happiness can be lonely.
    Emotion, 12, 908-912.
  • Moskowitz, J. T., & Saslow, L. R. (2013).
    Health and psychology: The importance of positive affect.
    In M. M. Tugade, M. N. Shiota, & L. D. Kirby (Eds.) Handbook of Positive Emotions (pp. 413-431). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Niedenthal, P. M., et al. (2010). The Simulation of Smiles (SIMS) model: Embodied simulation and the meaning of facial expression. The Behavioral and brain sciences, 33(6), 417-433.
  • Ong, A. D., Bergeman, C. S., Bisconti, T. L., & Wallace, K. A. (2006). Psychological resilience, positive emotions, and successful adaptation to stress in later life.
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91(4), 730-749.
  • Rego, A., Sousa, F., Marques, C., & Cunha, M. P. (2012). Optimism predicting employees’ creativity: The mediating role of positive affect and the positivity ratio. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 21(2), 244-270.
  • Reis, H., Clark, M. S., & Holmes, J. G. (2004). Perceived partner responsiveness as an organizing construct in the study of intimacy and closeness.
    In D. J. Masheck & A. P. Aron (Eds.) Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy (pp. 201-225). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Schmitz, T. W., De Rosa, E., & Anderson, A. K. (2009). Opposing influences of affective state valence on visual cortical encoding.
    Journal of Neuroscience, 29(22), 7199-7207.
  • Sy, T., Cote, S., & Saavedra, R. (2005). The contagious leader: Impact of the leader’s mood on the mood of group members, group affective tone, and group processes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90 (2), 295-305.
  • Thayer, J. F. & Lane, R. D. (2007).
    The role of vagal function in the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality. Biological Psychology, 74, 224-242.
  • Tugade, M. M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2004). Resilient individuals use positive emotions to bounce back from negative emotional experiences.
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(2), 320-333.
  • Vacharkulksemsek, T. & Fredrickson, B. L. (2012). Strangers in sync: Achieving embodied rapport through shared movements.
    Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 399-402.
  • Vallerand, R. J. (2010). On passion for life activities: The Dualistic Model of Passion. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 97-193.
  • Wadlinger, H. A., & Isaacowitz, D. M. (2006). Positive mood broadens visual attention to positive stimuli. Motivation and Emotion, 30(1), 87-99.
  • Waugh, C. E. & Fredrickson, B. L. (2006). Nice to know you: Positive emotions, self-other overlap, and complex understanding in the formation of new relationships.
    Journal of Positive Psychology, 1, 93-106.
  • Waugh, C. E., Wager, T. D., Fredrickson, B. L., Noll, D. C., Taylor, S. F. (2008). The neural correlates of trait resilience when anticipating and recovering from threat. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3, 322-332

Suggested Reading:

  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2009). Positivity. New York: Three Rivers Press.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2013). Love 2.0. New York: Plume.
  • http://PositivityResonance.com

Also Recommended:

  • Barrett, L. F. (2016). How Emotions are Made: The New Science of the Mind and Brain. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008/1990) Flow. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics.
  • Hanson, R. (2013). Hardwiring Happiness. New York: Harmony.
  • Keltner, D., Oatley, K., & Jenkins, J. M. (2013). Understanding Emotions, 3rd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Lyubomirsky, S. (2013) The Myths of Happiness.
    New York: Penguin
  • Peterson, C. (2006). A Primer in Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Seligman, M. E. P. (2012). Flourish.
    New York: Atria Books.
  • Salzberg, S. (2010). Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.
    New York: Workman.
  • Salzberg, S. (2013). Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace.
    New York: Workman.
  • International Positive Psychology Association: http://www.ippanetwork.org
  • Greater Good Science Center: http://www.greatergood.berkeley.edu
  • Dr. Fredrickson’s Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (a.k.a., PEP Lab): http://www.PositiveEmotions.org


Festival of Positive Education
Dallas, July 2016


May 2009




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