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Creating an upward spiral

July 11, 2013

Here’s a great idea…
In her book, Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson says,
“Science documents that positive emotions can set off upward spirals in your life, self-sustaining trajectories of growth that lift you up to become a better version of yourself.” p. 8

In other words…
When we are feeling positive, we are more creative and use better problem-solving skills. These allow us to complete tasks and learn new skills, which leads to more positive emotion, leading to an upward spiral that leads to feeling better and accomplishing more.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
When you face a difficult situation, rather than getting overwhelmed by it, take a break and do something that makes you happy. Take a walk, talk with a friend, or do something fun. As you create a more positive mood, you will be able to approach the challenge with a broader and more creative mindset.

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

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