So far, we have heard a few experts say that happiness is about more than feeling good. But this doesn’t mean that positive emotions don't have real and lasting benefits. They are still an important part of happiness, even if they're not the only part.
The next two videos feature renowned psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a leading researcher of positive emotions. We’re pleased to present this guest lecture, in which she explains how positive emotions are more than just fleeting, frivolous sensations--instead, they can profoundly change our minds and bodies, broadening our perspective and making us more resilient to setbacks.
As you watch these videos, consider: What words or images come to mind when you hear the term “positive emotions”? Jot some of them down. How does Professor Fredrickson’s research on positive emotions support or challenge your opinions about positive emotions?
Are you the same person you were yesterday? Last week? Last year? According to the research cited in this next video, your mind and body are always changing, and positive emotions might play a crucial role in that evolution. As you watch Dr. Fredrickson, consider how your own emotional experiences--positive and negative--have helped to shape your identity and well-being.