23 Jun '11, 4pm

The Thoroughly Positive Effects of Positivity & Why Environmentalism Could Use More Of It

The Thoroughly Positive Effects of Positivity & Why Environmentalism Could Use More Of It

Some summary is in order though, if only to set the stage. Firstly, as Barbara notes, positive emotions aren't just "jump for joy" emotions. There's a whole spectrum of positive emotions that she's talking about and are worth cultivating: Gratitude, serenity, tranquility, love and closeness with those people around us. Just to name some of them. And just some of effects of cultivating this positivity (which to use some alternative terminology from the world of Hinduism and yoga, really could be called santosha or contentment): People are more creative when they're experiencing positive emotions; when solving a problem, they come up with more ideas of what they might do next. This enhanced creativity has been directly linked to having a wider awareness. People are more likely to be resilient. I have conducted a whole line of research showing that people are able to bounce b...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/thoroughly-positi...

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