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Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become Hardcover – January 24, 2013

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“Read this book and you’ll never think about love in the same way again!”—Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness
“A radically new conception of love.”—The Atlantic
“Barbara Frederickson drives home the value of being warmhearted, making the scientific case that this variety of positivity benefits our health and our connections, as well as opening our live to new possibilities. Love 2.0 is a user-friendly manual for opening our hearts.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

“Barbara Fredrickson offers up nothing short of a revolution in Love 2.0….This line of work may end up changing both what we mean by love and what we take as evidence for love and its effects.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“No current book can hold a candle to Fredrickson’s Love 2.0 for its stunning combination of science, wisdom and poetry. I am tempted to say that there has not been a better book on love since the New Testament.”—George Vaillant, M.D., author of Spiritual Evolution and Triumphs of Experience
“Fredrickson is disassembling centuries of other notions of what love is, how to receive it, how to give it, and why it is so important in distinguishing humans from other mammals on earth.”—National Post
“A remarkable book on the supreme emotion called love, this beautiful volume captures the essence of love, in life, in science, between us, within us. Love has never been so well understood, so deeply expressed, as in the work of scientist Barbara Fredrickson.”—Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying

"In this book, Barbara Fredrickson conveys a powerful new view of what we all want most deeply--love. Using rigorous science, practical exercises, and heartful daily life examples, Barbara shows us how to strengthen our capacity to more truly connect to ourselves and others. Love 2.0 moves the entire field of understanding and accessing love forward."—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“I’m in love with Love 2.0.”—Parents
"Lest this sound too “new age” to you, be prepared to have all of these exercises backed up by scientific evidence of their effectiveness. Fredrickson is, above all, a researcher. She assures her readers that what she is suggesting is “evidence-based” and is meant to increase loving feelings from the inside out, not to make people put on fake smiles or pretend to feel something they don’t. It’s this promise—and the science behind it—that makes Love 2.0 rise above other self help books."—Greater Good
‘This book may change your life. Really. Give Love 2.0 a chance.”—New Scientist
“What a wonderful book! Not only has Barbara Fredrickson dared to say that love is the most supreme among all emotions, but she offers a wealth of scientific evidence and inspiring stories demonstrating that affective resonance is a key factor for our happiness and that of others. This is a must-read for all those interested in psychology, health, longevity…and above all a meaningful life.”—Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness and Why Meditate?
"Fredrickson shows us many more avenues of affection than just finding our one true love."—Mindful Magazine
“Barbara Fredrickson puts a new twist on love, illuminating how we can transform our lives by extending love to all of humanity - including ourselves. Based on solid research yet written in an easy-to-read manner, this book is full of practical exercises that can help the reader learn how to love more fully.”—Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self-Compassion
"Love 2.0 [is] a fine addition to [the] essential books on the psychology of love."—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“At last we can discuss the science of love. We can discuss the hormones involved, the way positive emotions can be strengthened, the relation between self-love and loving others. In this highly readable book, Barbara Frederickson offers expert guidance in this emerging field.”—Frans de Waal, Ph.D., author of The Age of Empathy
Love 2.0 wakes us up to new possibilities from everyday connections. Barbara Fredrickson transforms how we view love….She expands possibilities of how to put more love moments in our lives, helping each of us to unlock resources that generate health, well-being and happiness for ourselves and for others.”—Jane Dutton, Ph.D., author of Energize your Workplace

About the Author

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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 2.12.2013 edition (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630996
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Todd B. Kashdan VINE VOICE on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
To me, Barbara Fredrickson is one of the best psychological researchers around. She is bold, changing the way people think about positive emotions. She is creative, designing strategies for manipulating seemingly abstract concepts such as love, agile thinking, resilience, and personal growth in the laboratory. She is tuned into the real world, trying to unravel what human beings really care about. And so it comes to no surprise that this book is incredible. It will change the way people think about love. She alters the timescale of love. Instead of limiting love to a small number of profoundly intense relationships where our innermost sense of self feels cared for, accepted, and validated by another person, she defines love by those "micro-moments" when we feel connected to another human being with a sense of vitality, deep affection, and there is a mutual investment of attention and respect. This new conceptual model of love changes the way we think about social interactions and relationships. Love becomes a renewable, endless resource. We can tap into it at any time by changing the episodes in our daily life. Instead of viewing relationships as healthy or problematic, we can think about the proportion of time spent together where positivity resonates. A binary world is traded in for the dynamic, complex moments that are the building blocks of a pleasurable, meaningful life.

This new model of love is certain to be controversial and highly debated.
And that is the sign of an author who pushes boundaries.

Barbara shares the rigorous scientific research that led to her ideas about love.
She also offers a number of strategies for the reader to cultivate more frequent and intense loving episodes.

Yes, the title is horrendous. But ignore it because underneath the cover is a new perspective at viewing your life and relationships. In my dream world, all scientists are as innovative and lucid as Barbara....

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This important and intriguing book inspired several of my professional coach friends and I to create an ad hoc book club just so we can discuss it. The book has also inspired me to conduct an experiment on myself using the book's concepts and exercises.

The most important ideas, based on scientific research, that I've gained from Love 2.0, are:

1. There is a critical relationship between "vagal tone" (which we can influence), and our health and experience of love.

2. Love literally makes people healthier.

3. Our brains broadcast everything we feel to every part of of us, creating health or illness and rendering us more or less equipped for love.

4. Loneliness = inflammation in the immune system.

5. Lack of love in your life is more damaging to your health than smoking, drinking too much alcohol or being obese.

6. We give health to others when we engage with them with "positivity resonance" so every interaction with others is an opportunity for both of us to thrive more.

The author provides many suggestions for exercises to increase your experience of "positivity resonance" (and thus health and well-being), some of which have been used in research her team has done. I can't wait to try these out myself and suggest them to my coaching clients, as well.
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Book review by Richard L. Weaver II, Ph.D.

This is an impressive book for a number of reasons. First, Fredrickson cites 228 footnotes in 192 pages of text--more than one per page. These are not lightweight sources. Most are from scholarly journals such as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Marriage and Family, Cognition and Emotion, or American Psychologist---you get the picture.

A second reason why this is an impressive book has to do with the author's credentials. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology and has received more than 10 consecutive years of research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research and teaching have been recognized with numerous honors, including, in 2000, the American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology, and in 2008, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology's Career Trajectory Award. It is a very impressive vita and adds tremendous credibility to her ideas.

The third reason why this is an impressive book is the fact that you really get a close-up and personal look at the kind of research she and her colleagues do. If you enjoy reading books that are deeply entrenched in significant, worthwhile, and results-oriented research, this is an excellent one. Of course, when your book depends on research from your own lab, this would be a natural and expected outcome.
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Recently, authors in the "happiness market" have followed up there initial success with books on love. This is true in a number of cases and could be worrisome that it hints at "post-success syndrome" in which authors are simply looking for a bankable project. In the case of Love 2.0 this is decidely not true. Dr. Frederickson is a sophisticated researcher with a fresh take on every subject she investigates. In many ways this is a brave book becuase Frederickson turns many commonly held notions about love on their ears. First, she argues that love is not one long gush of emotion but, rather, a chain of linked moments. She also expands love to include a wide range of connected relationships. Becuase this topic is of such everyday importance, and so relevant to all readers, I highly recommend it.
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