Positive Emotions Trigger Upward Spirals Toward Emotional Well-Being

  title={Positive Emotions Trigger Upward Spirals Toward Emotional Well-Being},
  author={Barbara L. Fredrickson and Thomas E. Joiner},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={172 - 175}
The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions predicts that positive emotions broaden the scopes of attention and cognition, and, by consequence, initiate upward spirals toward increasing emotional well-being. The present study assessed this prediction by testing whether positive affect and broad-minded coping reciprocally and prospectively predict one another. One hundred thirty-eight college students completed self-report measures of affect and coping at two assessment periods 5 weeks… 

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