Want Happiness? Check This Formula

Research by psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, and colleagues has shown that it takes a tipping-point ratio of three positive emotional experiences for every negative one to create a thriving, flourishing life — as opposed to a negative, downward spiral.

Positivity grows through feelings not just of happiness, but also of pride, serenity, amusement, love, hope and interest. And people whose lives are flourishing, says Fredrickson, function on a whole different level — they are more resilient to adversity, better able to achieve goals, and report higher levels of well-being. But getting to that 3-to-1 ratio may take some focused effort: Fredrickson’s research suggests that most Americans have a positivity ratio of just 2-to-1, which tends to lead to a progressively negative outlook over time.

You can find your own ratio of positive-to-negative emotions by taking Fredrickson’s two-minute quiz at www.positivityratio.com/single.php. Fredrickson recommends taking the quiz each evening for two weeks to get the best picture of your overall ratio. To hear Fredrickson talk more about positivity and how you can improve your ratio, check out http://j.mp/PosEmote.

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Lauren Weinstock
Lauren W4 years ago

Did anyone else find this "article" way too short, and lacking in detail and color?

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar4 years ago


Shalvah Landy
Past Member 4 years ago

I went to a chi-cong practice this morning in a nice setting in a park but could not totally disregard the dog poop...

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It all depends if we can take life lightly

Monica A.
Tara Aiello4 years ago

Positive energy, Auras and Chakras are extremely important. I think it's unfortunate how numerous people and society do not recognize, realize nor appreciate the small, simple and beautiful things in life that are not costly, materialistic, egotistical, etc.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

If only it were that simple...thank you.

Autumn S.
Autumn S5 years ago

thank you

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog5 years ago

What an interesting thought - thanks for sharing! I scored 1 point more on positivity, so here's to achieving the 3-to-1 ratio!