IPPA, Love and Gary Russo

A year ago I was attempting to yet again clarify the message I bring to my work and my clients.  This is what I wrote in my journal on August 12, 2010:

Science has proven what we instinctively knew – love is the answer no matter what the question, forgiveness is the key difference to creating a successful life lived forward or a distressful life stuck in the past.  atg 081210
At the IPPA Second World Conference, Positive Psychology luminary, Barbara Fredrickson, clarified what the emotion ‘love’ is when referred to as an emotion that builds and broadens well-being or happiness in an individual’s life.  Love is the experience of positive emotions which are noticed in the momentary increase in the well-being of another, causing a sychronistic response that builds over time.*
Defining love in this manner explains why an entertainer — like Gary Russo — can feel love when he performs on his lunch hour to a group of people he does not know. 
Now here is something incredibly cool.  The photo in this blog was taken a few weeks ago at Barbara Fredrickson’s presentation at IPPA.  The shadow of the mic is part of the original photo.  It just so happened that where I was sitting all of my photos of the slides had the mic in the way.  I was originally disappointed. Now that I am writing Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung with Gary Russo, and the theme of that book is love, it feels more like it was meant to be there all along. 

*This is my interpretation of the slide presented.  The actual research is yet to be released. 

Happy singing, Andrea

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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