Barbara L. Fredrickson

Barbara L. Fredrickson

Barbara Fredrickson discovered that experiencing positive emotions broadens people’s minds and builds their resourcefulness in ways that help them become more resilient to adversity.

Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina.

She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research and her teaching have been recognized with numerous honors, including, the 2000 American Psychological Association’s Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. Her work is cited widely and she is regularly invited to give keynotes nationally and internationally. [2]

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 20 years. She has been invited to brief the Dalai Lama on her research two times.

What are the top 10 positive emotions?   According to Frederickson the ten common positive emotions are joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration , awe and love.

Barbara L. Fredrickson Book

She is the author of : Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive

Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Emotions Transform Us

Barbara Fredrickson Quotes

Positive emotions change who we are in the future. Barbara Fredrickson

Positivity doesn’t just change the contents of your mind…It widens the span of possibilities that you see. Barbara Fredrickson

We all know negativity; it looms large and is easy to spot. Negativity pervades your self-talk and your judgments. It bleeds into your exchanges with your kids and your colleagues, eroding goodwill between you. Barbara Fredrickson


1. Youtube. Retrieved October, 2010, from Positive Emotions.

2. Barbara L. Fredrickson. Retrieved October, 2010, from

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