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Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  117 reviews
We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. 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, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Avery (first published January 1st 2013)
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Morgan Blackledge
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
In a nutshell. This book is about a particular contemplative practice from the Buddhist tradition known as Meta, commonly translated as Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM). Basically, what it entails is intentionally generating kindness and compassion for yourself and others.

If you're sensing that this would be a very beneficial thing to do. You'd be right. It is. Particularly given how easy it is for many (if not all of us) to slip into unconscious automatic ultra cranky hater mode if we're not
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love that there is a whole seemingly respectable research lab called PEP at the University of North Carolina that does research on having subjects practice LKM. LKM is short for loving-kindness meditation and I love that it was shortened to LKM. Why, I have no idea, but it is just a quirky thing I love. PEP stands for Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology. And I love that the author takes her earlier positivity psychology further, into the realm of love, in order to make the world a better ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Parents Magazine and a goodly number of readers “Love Love 2.0”. Thirty seven of forty two [88%] Amazon readers ranked it 4 or 5 stars out of 5.

Love 2.0 has groundbreaking theory. It gives us, “a radically new conception of love.”—The Atlantic. “At last we can discuss the science of love…. the relation between self-love and loving others.”Frans de Waal [Writer/Researcher on primates/bonobos’ behavior]..

It is also practical. “Using rigorous science, practical exercises, and heartful daily
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
** Loved Love 2.0 **

Appropriately enough, I loved Love 2.0

Redefining love through a fascinating biochemical perspective, Barbara Fredrickson’s Love 2.0 explores the preconditions, biological underpinnings, and health benefits of this “supreme emotion.” Stepping away from the traditional conceptualization of love, Barbara describes love as the result of positivity resonance—which are real-time experiences of literally being in-synch with someone else:
“Those micro-moments of positivity resonance
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't connect with this book. Maybe my expectations were off: I thought it would be about the different types of love (for example, romantic, platonic, familial, etc.), and how to increase the love in your life, or improve your relationships. This was more of a touchy/feely "love the world, and the world will love you back" kind of treatise. Love for Fredrickson is nothing more than momentary connection, so you can have episodes of love with your deli counter clerk, if you share a joke ...more
Tatiana Faria
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very interested to half way through the book with the refreshing neuroscience approach to our behavioral responses and perceptions to love and kindness. Then I quickly felt disenchanted. I just wanted to get it over with and finish the book hoping it would stick to what the first half was like. But that did not happen. I cringed through the remaining chapters all about “looking within myself and turning towards energy in order to find positivity.” Yikes. Not my cup of tea. Not the tea I ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel so bad whenever I buy a book that costs more and I end feeling very "eeeeh" about it and this is one of them.

It started off great but then just a bit downhill for me. Overall the writing style made it hard to get through. It wasn't academic writing but I just didn't get along with it and it made a lot of the information presented feel like it was dragging. I preferred the first part of the book more than the second.
Lily Gardner
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Barbara Fredrickson takes a unique stand on what love is. She doesn't discount the value of bonding—it's that trust that frees us to be open with one another. But she believes that it's the physical connections—the eye contact, verbal or sexual exchange that are the true instances of love. My take-away from this book is to keep feeding those relationships if you want to love and be loved.
Katrina Sark
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“To you, and to those in whom your love resonates.”

p.3 – Longing. You know the feeling. It’s that ache of sensing that something vital is missing from your life; a deep thirst for more. More meaning, more connection, more energy – more something. Longing is that feeling that courses through your body just before you decide that you’re restless, lonely, or unhappy.

p.4 – love is the essential nutrient that your cells crave: true positivity-charged connection with other living beings.

p.5 – Love
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an eye opening book. I would have thought love would be a hard thing to study scientifically but with brain scanning technology it apparently can be studied objectivly. The author redefines love as as "positivity resonance" between two people. This resonance can occur with anyone, anytime. She introduces practices and meditations like the Buddhist "Loving Kindness Meditation" (which is just beautiful) to help you unlock your potential to experience this resonance. One thing she said ...more
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Dr Barbara Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology.
“Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being” 12 likes
“Suppose you’re called on to navigate some particularly difficult life dilemma, your own, or that of a close confidant. You yearn to talk matters over with your mentor, spouse, or best friend. Yet, for whatever reason, you can’t get a hold of these valued others—perhaps they’re traveling, busy, or even deceased. Research shows that simply imagining having a conversation with them is as good as actually talking with them. So consult them in your mind. Ask them what advice they’d offer. In this way, a cherished parent or mentor, even if deceased, leaves you with an inner voice that guides you through challenging times. Your past moments of love and connection make you lastingly wiser.” 8 likes
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