We all know that positive emotions are desirable. Who wouldn't rather feel loving than hateful, joyful than fearful, or happy than disappointed? It doesn't take a brain surgeon to tell you that positive emotions make each moment that we are experiencing them a pleasure. But the truth is that positive emotions are far more powerful than that. Thanks to the work of Barbara L. Fredrickson, we now know that positive emotions can bring, not just momentary pleasure, but long-lasting benefits as well.
Fredrickson's Broaden and Build Theory of positive emotions shows that positive emotions produce optimal functioning, not just in the present moment, but over the long-term. Her contribution to the field of Positive Psychology has been significant, but her work can benefit each of us individually as well.