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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara L. Fredrickson, Barbara Fredrickson Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739381830
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World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson gives you the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls “the upward spiral.” You’ll discover:

  • What positivity is and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective;
  • The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity;
  • Why positivity is more important than happiness;
  • How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives;
  • The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 “positivity ratio” as a key tipping point;
  • That your own sources of positivity are unique and how to tap into them;
  • How to calculate your current positivity ratio, track it, and improve it.

With Positivity, you’ll learn to see new possibilities, bounce back from setbacks, connect with others, and become the best version of yourself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book! I've never read self-help before and was skeptical at first, but a very good friend recommended it to me and I have to say, Frederickson had some great suggestions on how to change your outlook and remain calm during stressful times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marieke | 2/2/2014

    " Everyone in the world needs to read this book. It has incredible potential not just in your personal life, but your professional as well. I am already applying some principles to my work culture. This book is changing everything. Awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosanne | 1/29/2014

    " This book gets a three. The second half is much better than the first, because it actually gives ways to achieve positivity, but still. Inspiring, yes; groundbreaking, no. Now time to put some of these things into practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niel Steve Kintanar | 1/20/2014

    " must read for anybody who is into positive psychology! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2014

    " The focus of the first half of the book seemd to be on selling the reader on the importance of the subject. The toolkit in the second half of the book was quite useful. I would have found the book more helpful if the second half of the book was given as much attention as the first half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Young | 1/13/2014

    " I loved the practical application of science to living a life optimally. Dr. Fredrickson, herself a "happiness" skeptic, set out to help others understand what it takes to live life and flourish. Her book is filled with practical wisdom. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/12/2014

    " Looking for a means to end some negative thinking, I thought this was a good choice. Found some helpful hints but not certain I'll thrive as the cover suggests. Still, any book that makes me stop and think about my perception of daily living and suggests ways to make positive changes, has some merit. Now how's that for positive thinking! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/11/2014

    " I had some trouble getting through this. I wanted all the answers without wading through the research. Some of it was interesting and some wasn't but I think that there were some good tips on how to bring more positive thinking into your life. I will definitely be trying some of her ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/11/2014

    " This book presents lots of research in the first half. It is interesting, but gets old. The second half is full of practical applications and is much more interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/29/2013

    " another one and another one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/14/2013

    " There are so many concepts in this book which bear understanding and implementation in one's daily life to make it more positive. Fredickson shares some very helpful information in this book that would make us better parents and help give our children a great foundation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DianeK Klu | 11/29/2013

    " Another book confirming what I already Know is true! Loved it. "read" *listened to it twice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Wyatt | 11/29/2013

    " This is a great book about the new scientific studies on having a positive perspective. There are several great take-away points that I really enjoyed! I definitely recommend it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shila | 8/19/2013

    " If you know a bit of history, this information isn't groundbreaking at all. It's more like common sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 5/20/2013

    " Long-winded but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 12/16/2012

    " So far it has been refreshingly scientific. The writer has been studying the subject for 20 years. I appreciate the way she approaches the topic with facts and data as apposed to "it just feels good" like many other books of this genre do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 "Mhd Haikal" | 10/22/2012

    " Membosankan... pembahasannya biasa saja... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marea | 11/14/2011

    " Concrete suggestions to make you happier everyday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Briana | 5/26/2011

    " Utter bullshit, to be honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/19/2011

    " Still reading - loving it so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S. | 3/5/2011

    " Excellent book! Highly suggested. The first part tackles the author's scientific studies covering positivity. The second part is a "tool box" she offers on how to get that mindset for ourselves. A cut above most "self-help" books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 11/8/2010

    " Not that great. The author spent far too much time talking about her amazing research. Maybe it is, but I couldn't get to it with all the explanation of how important the author's work is... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/27/2010

    " I had some trouble getting through this. I wanted all the answers without wading through the research. Some of it was interesting and some wasn't but I think that there were some good tips on how to bring more positive thinking into your life. I will definitely be trying some of her ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/9/2010

    " It had some good reminders, but I could have done without the repetition and all the scientific data. "

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About the Author

Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.