Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, among the most highly cited scholars in psychology, is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and her books for a general audience, Positivity and Love 2.0, have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she serves as President of the International Positive Psychology Association. 


  • Love 2.0

    In this excerpt from her book Love 2.0, Barbara Fredrickson shares why love has a special status as our “supreme emotion.”

  • The Consequences of Compassion

    Metta meditation has been extensively studied, and its transformative potential ranks it one of the most promising single practices of all.

  • Meditation, Positive Emotions, and Real Happiness: Sharon Salzberg Pays It Forward

    As a college student struggling with a traumatic childhood, Sharon Salzberg heard that meditation could bring greater happiness. So she traveled to India to find out.

  • The Path of Personal Growth

    As interpreted through the lens of yoga, personal growth is a gradual and permanent shift in how we relate to ourselves and to the world.

  • Four Ways to Become More Resilient

    Research shows that happiness is a choice, but did you know that resilience—the ability to bounce back, even from trauma—is something that can be learned?

  • Love, Front and Center

    There’s a tendency to think of the brain as the control room of experience. But what if the heart held secrets for tapping into the brain?

  • 7 Random Acts of Kindness to Offer Yourself and Others

    A commitment to kindness can be the thread that twines throughout our various successes, disappointments, delights, and traumas, giving us ballast in a world of change, says Sharon Salzberg.

  • 4 Ways to Strengthen Your Stress Resilience

    What makes some of us bounce back in the face of life’s challenges and others crumble? Why is it that, some days, we feel able to take on the world, while on other days, one little thing can set us off?

  • Love and the Web of Connection

    Last weekend, my dear friend Alisa asked if I would help her move into her new apartment. This was not the first time she has requested my help with moving.

  • Yoga and Positive Emotions

    The impact of positive emotions is coming under the scrutiny of scientists, as they continue to gain new understanding of how positive emotions can improve mental and even physical health.

  • Five Ways to Make Your Black Friday More Mindful

    Before you hit the mall or open your laptop, consider these five ideas for transforming shopping into an opportunity to practice mindfulness and bring more positive emotions into your life.

  • The Science of Love

    Love—it’s the supreme human emotion. Babies need it to survive, it can improve brain function and health, and it’s even essential for animals.