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Positivity ratio

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 4.11

What emotions are you experiencing throughout your day? Recognizing your positive emotions may help you offset the negative ones. Take the time to increase your wellbeing and mindfulness by enjoying the positive emotions in your life.



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[Denise] Hello and welcome to Two for You. So we're to put you on the spot right now and say name three positive emotions you felt today and one negative emotion. Could you do it? Are you aware of the emotions that are flitting across your life every single day, right? So Barbara Fredrickson has done research on positive emotions. And what she talks about is this positivity ratio.

[Lori] Yeah, so it's that ratio that's tipping point of 3-to-1, three positive experiences to every negative experience. And that's the ratio between languishing or barely holding on to flourishing, right? Or being more resilient in challenging times.

[Denise] And what they found is that with these greater positive emotions, it helps you to become more mindful throughout your day. It increases your well-being. It makes you more aware of what's going on in your life. And she says, Don't think of getting rid of the negative emotions because those help keep us grounded and focused and guide us along the way.

[Lori] So that's our challenge for you. So the next two weeks, give yourself up an audit. What does your positivity ratio

[Denise and Lori] and have a good audit.

[Lori] Yeah, right. What is your positivity ratio? And how can you really notice and cultivate more positive emotions in your life? So you can flourish as you live and lead with intention.

Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

Reviewed in 2020

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