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Building love through connecting

April 24, 2013

Here’s a great idea…

In her book, Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson says,
“Love isn’t simply one of the many positive emotions that sweep through you from time to time. It’s bigger than joy, amusement, gratitude, or hope…Love is our supreme emotion that makes us come most fully alive and feel most fully human. It is perhaps the most essential emotional experience for thriving and health” (p. 10).

In other words…

We often misunderstand love. We commonly think of it as an irrepressible emotion, a profound attraction. But love is ultimately connecting with others. It is the choice to engage with others and care for them. It spurs personal growth and flourishing, making us wiser and more attuned, more resilient and effective, happier and healthier people. How do you accomplish this?

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Prepare yourself to make positive connections with others. Take a few moments each day to visualize your loved ones, friends, and co-workers. Take the time to wish them well in your mind. Then when you see them, engage with them. If they smile, smile back. If they greet you warmly, warmly return the greeting. Take the time to show interest in what they are doing or feeling. Listen to them. As you make connections and build loving relationships, you will feel your own personal well-being grow.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right or The Personal Journey programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Love 2.0.

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