The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broad- en-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist: Special Issue 56: 218– 226. Fredrickson, B.L. (2001).

This article presents the broaden-and-build theory; a model in which positive emotions are used as catalysts to broaden minds and create a source for building crucial positive internal resources that can later be utilised. This is in contrast to the more widely studied and problem focused approach of negative emotions, that produce narrow mindsets and limit inner flourishing. The author reviews relevant empirical evidence and concludes that through the ongoing cultivation of positive emotions people are able to work towards optimal wellbeing, resilience and longevity.

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