A new theory of love Not in any folder (DW#332)

Every once in a while, a book comes along that completely shifts our paradigms about certain concepts, and challenges long held beliefs and opinions. Love 2.0 by Barbara Fredrickson is one such book.

Barbara is one of the world’s leading positive psychologists. For the last two decades she has been exploring the science of positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, amusement, and hope. (Such a fun job, right?). In her latest book, Love 2.0, she outlines a new theory of love that is incredibly hopeful, optimistic and practical.

She writes:
". . . love is far more ubiquitous than you ever thought possible for the simple fact that love is connection. It’s that poignant stretching of your heart that you feel when you gaze into a newborn’s eyes for the first time or share a farewell hug with a dear friend. It’s even the fondness and sense of shared purpose you might unexpectedly feel with a group of strangers who’ve come together to marvel at a hatching of sea turtles or cheer at a football game.

The new take on love that I want to share with you is this: Love blossoms virtually anytime two or more people—even strangers—connect over a shared positive emotion, be it mild or strong".

So what’s the difference between Love 1.0 and Love 2.0?

Love 1.0 is our traditional thinking on love – that it is an emotion we feel for our "soul mate" or kids or family; what we hear about on the radio and watch in the movies.

Love 2.0 on the other hand is not exclusive. Love 2.0 is ubiquitous. It’s that "micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being."


What I LOVE about the book is:
a) That it gives us a practical blueprint to create love on demand AND
b) That it is based on solid research.

Over the next few days lets explore this theory of love together and discover really simple ways we can nurture love.

So excited to share this with you

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