Love, actually…

  • “The love you do or do not experience today may quite literally change key aspects of your cellular architecture next season and next year – cells that affect your physical health, your vitality, and your overall wellbeing.”
    Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., Love 2.0
  • Here at Appreciating People we have a lot of respect for the work of psychological scientist Barbara L. Fredrickson.

    To quote from her website, “Barbara’s work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from business to healthcare and beyond. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, NPR, PBS, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. She has twice been invited to brief His Holiness the Dalai Lama on her research.”

    Barbara’s new book is all about everyone’s favourite four-letter word – love – and encourages us to listen to our hearts and our positive emotions and to appreciate love, and features a number of techniques to help create and enjoy micro-moments of love each day.

    Even more than happiness and optimism, Barbara sees love as holding the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. 
Using research from her own lab, she redefines love as micro-moments of connection between people—even strangers. She demonstrates that our capacity for experiencing love can be measured and strengthened in ways that improve our health and longevity. Finally, she introduces us to informal and formal practices to unlock love in our lives, generate compassion, and even self-soothe.

    With St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner we encourage you to take a few minutes to watch her video about the book, available via