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Barbara Fredrickson, one of the pioneers of the field of “Positive Psychology”, examines what it means to truly be “positive”. Moving away from the traditional definition of positivity as simply “happiness”, which is a word she finds “murky and overused”, she instead views positivity as when “”positive emotions — like love, joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, and inspiration” reign. And her work is not merely speculation and words – through the scientific endeavor of positive psychology, Fredrickson provides empirical data to back-up her claims about what strengths and virtues enable individuals and communities to thrive. Her research helps her build her self-named “broaden-and-build theory”, which, simply put, means “… positive thinking opens our minds. Positive thinkers literally see more of the world around them and are more likely to find innovative solutions to problems”. Through her process called the “upward spiral”, Fredrickson shows how one can bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of themselves. A very practical and thought-out book that allows readers to experiment with positivity and “very possibly led better lives”.
Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individual on achieving their reflected best selves. An MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment.