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What’s your positivity ratio?

April 9, 2012

Amazing! A trash truck!

Listening to books while housecleaning makes the work go faster, although I sometimes get a little distracted and put socks in the dishwasher and garbage in the fridge.

Recently I listened to a book about positivity that made me think about all the little things in a day that can be positives if I just pause and notice. Things like the warmth and smell of freshly laundered clothes and the friendly wave of a neighbor. Plus I can do little things to create positives, such as whistle a tune or call a friend.

The book is Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. Whew, that’s a long title. Author Barbara Fredrickson writes about 10 forms of positivity: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love.

She has actually done research that shows that maintaining a 3:1 positivity ratio of positive thoughts to negative emotions creates a tipping point between languishing and flourishing. The book includes interesting case studies, a Positivity Self Test, and tips for decreasing negativity and raising the positivity ratio. See the website to take a self test.

Soon after listening to this book, I was babysitting a two-year-old grandfriend of mine and noticed that he exhibited all 10 forms of positivity in a short time. Indeed, he was an exuberant advocate for positivity. All those positives, from racing to the window to watch the trash trucks rumble past to eating the red balls in the fruit cocktail were amazing privileges to be relished and discussed. Those negatives, like having to pause and wash hands, were soon forgotten.

Have I stopped and watched the garbage trucks gobble up trash recently? Isn’t it interesting that they can crunch all that stuff into one truck? And isn’t it wonderful that we have such a service?

Bye, I hear the garbage trucks coming.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda H permalink
    April 9, 2012 11:10 pm

    This was a nice way to start off my day in blogland! A positive start to another day! Thank you! Love your photo!

  2. April 10, 2012 4:44 am

    Hmmm. Looks like Edmund has a high positivity ratio too?

  3. Judy Kallestad permalink
    April 10, 2012 4:46 am

    Neat photo! Great post!

  4. April 14, 2012 2:56 pm

    LOVE the photo! And I’ll probably look up the book. 🙂 thanks!

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