How much positivity is enough?
Barbara Fredrikson is the author of Positivity and her work has shown that a reasonable aim is to have a ration of three “heartfelt” positive experiences to each negative experience. This formula requires positive experiences be authentic - just pasting a smile on your face or faking it does not meet the test of authenticity.
The ratio of one negative experience to three positive experiences is a tipping point and predicts whether people will flourish or languish.
Research shows that each individual has a set point for positive emotions. Some people more naturally gravitate to positivity whereas others more naturally gravitate toward negativity.
Because research finds that positivity is more beneficial, those with a general proclivity toward negativity may wonder if they are doomed to having a less happy and rewarding life.
Fortunately, they can actively increase their positivity and reap the benefits generated by being more authentically positive.
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Teena Evert, MA, LMFT, LAC, PC is executive wellness, career transition and life coach who specializes in helping her clients achieve transformation in their lives both personally and professionally.
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