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Positive Thoughts are a Foundation to Flourishing

Research conducted by Professor Barbara Fredrickson at The Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has indicated that positive emotions hold clear benefits for supporting the creation of a more flourishing life.One of the foundational pieces for creating a flourishing life is cultivating more positive thoughts and emotions, than negative ones, on daily basis. But how much more?

Professor Frederickson has conducted research focused on ratios of positive to negative thoughts and emotions. In 2005 Fredrickson and Losada published an article in American Psychologist to suggest that positivity ratios above about 3-to-1 and below about 11-to-1 are what humans need to flourish. Basically, it takes allot more work to overcome the negative thoughts which create stress on the health of our bodies and brains. To learn more about the wonderful work Barbara Fredrickson is doing go to: http://www.unc.edu/peplab/home.html