“A radically new conception of love.”—The Atlantic
Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Barbara L. Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe.
Rare in its scope and ambitious in its message, Love 2.0 will reinvent how you look at and experience our most powerful emotion.
“I wish I had known years ago about...Barbara Fredrickson...In particular her theory that accumulating ‘micro-moments of positivity,’ like my daily interaction with children, can, over time, result in greater overall well-being.”—Jane Brody, The New York Times
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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)
Love 2.0 wakes us up to new possibilities from everyday connections . Barbara Fredrickson transforms how we view love. She defines love as micromoments of mutual care that can happen between any two people. She carefully traces the significant impacts of moments of love in all aspects of our lives. 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)
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)
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)
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)
Barbara Frederickson, a leader of 21st century positive psychology, enlarges our vision of love as moments of connected warmth. By merging the wisdom of spiritual meditative practices with laboratory science, she is our guide to deeper experiences of love and, as a by-product, to enhanced wisdom, resilience, and health.
—David G. Myers Ph.D. (author Psychology, 10th Edition)
Barbara Fredrickson 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 lives to new possibilities. Love 2.0. is a user-friendly manual for opening our hearts.
—Daniel Goleman (author Emotional Intelligence)
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)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book but i had to re read it to completely understand it. There were some words and even sentences that i had to go over to grasp the message. It is not an easy to read book it however when you grasp the message of love it really speaks to you. Be patient with it.
What a disappointing book! I had hoped to learn some of the modern science beyond love. Instead very early on love is redefined to mean brief periods of "synchronous positivity" you feel while engaged in a conversation with someone. She tells us when she thinks of her husband of 18 years at her keyboard she knows at that moment she is not feeling love for him just remembering the trust and loyalty they experienced. THIS PISSES ME OFF! And it's totally unscientific. Her only reason for doing this is she wants to study love so she has defined the entire experience of love as what she CAN study. Next when describing her research she just tells her results. Apparently she is God and therefore being entirely worthy of our trust we should take it at her word that she has done adequate research. That possible sources of bias and confounding factors in doing research to support her findings are enormous and her mentioning her study sizes and controls, if she had any, would have reassured me a little that I was actually reading something that might be true. Lastly, this scientist loves LOVE. According to her there are never any downsides to LOVE. And you should endeavor to to have as many moments of love as possible during the day including ones with strangers at the airport. What kind of scientist can advance such an implausible theoretical statement? I can cast strong doubt on this totally unsupported supposition of hers presented as scientific consensus by noting that if "All you need is love, all you need is love" then evolution would certainly have selected for all love, all the time people a long time ago and we would not have the capacity to shut down our positive feelings. But as her book pushes metta meditation, a Buddhist meditation practice, sometimes known as "loving-kindness meditation" as a way to develop compassion for all and experience more love towards everyone I'd have to say this author is probably been captured by Buddhist attitudes towards love. She has also been hanging out with some of the United State's rock stars of Buddhism but she never self-identifies as Buddhist which I take issue with. Scientists are supposed to disclose possible biases. On the one hand as a secular Buddhist who practice metta meditation daily I am delighted to have empirical support for my actions. (I do think their are potential downsides for true universal compassion but I am willing to pay them.) On the other I place no trust in this author with her hyperbolic language ("Love creates ripples in space and time"), her hiding of the science of love in her brief descriptions of results, and her redefining the meaning of the emotion love from it's historical definition to one that is amenable to her experimental methods. Don't read this book. End review.