Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

by Barbara L. Fredrickson Ph.D.
Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection

by Barbara L. Fredrickson Ph.D.



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In this groundbreaking relationship book, positive emotions expert Barbara L. Fredrickson gives us an entirely new way of understanding love and appreciating its benefits.

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101609842
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/24/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 452,705
File size: 627 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

What People are Saying About This

Sonya Lyubomirsky

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)

Jane Dutton

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)

Joan Halifax

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)

Frans de Waal

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)

Daniel Goleman

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)

David G. Myers

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)

Kristin Neff

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)

Sharon Salzberg

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)

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