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Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  746 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives.

Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connect
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Avery (first published January 1st 2013)
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Morgan Blackledge
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
In a nutshell. This book is about a particular contemplative practice from the Buddhist tradition known as Meta, commonly translated as Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM). Basically, what it entails is intentionally generating kindness and compassion for yourself and others.

If you're sensing that this would be a very beneficial thing to do. You'd be right. It is. Particularly given how easy it is for many (if not all of us) to slip into unconscious automatic ultra cranky hater mode if we're not ca
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love that there is a whole seemingly respectable research lab called PEP at the University of North Carolina that does research on having subjects practice LKM. LKM is short for loving-kindness meditation and I love that it was shortened to LKM. Why, I have no idea, but it is just a quirky thing I love. PEP stands for Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology. And I love that the author takes her earlier positivity psychology further, into the realm of love, in order to make the world a better pl ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Parents Magazine and a goodly number of readers “Love Love 2.0”. Thirty seven of forty two [88%] Amazon readers ranked it 4 or 5 stars out of 5.

Love 2.0 has groundbreaking theory. It gives us, “a radically new conception of love.”—The Atlantic. “At last we can discuss the science of love…. the relation between self-love and loving others.”Frans de Waal [Writer/Researcher on primates/bonobos’ behavior]..

It is also practical. “Using rigorous science, practical exercises, and heartful daily
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
** Loved Love 2.0 **

Appropriately enough, I loved Love 2.0

Redefining love through a fascinating biochemical perspective, Barbara Fredrickson’s Love 2.0 explores the preconditions, biological underpinnings, and health benefits of this “supreme emotion.” Stepping away from the traditional conceptualization of love, Barbara describes love as the result of positivity resonance—which are real-time experiences of literally being in-synch with someone else:
“Those micro-moments of positivity resonance
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't connect with this book. Maybe my expectations were off: I thought it would be about the different types of love (for example, romantic, platonic, familial, etc.), and how to increase the love in your life, or improve your relationships. This was more of a touchy/feely "love the world, and the world will love you back" kind of treatise. Love for Fredrickson is nothing more than momentary connection, so you can have episodes of love with your deli counter clerk, if you share a joke ...more
Lily Gardner
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Barbara Fredrickson takes a unique stand on what love is. She doesn't discount the value of bonding—it's that trust that frees us to be open with one another. But she believes that it's the physical connections—the eye contact, verbal or sexual exchange that are the true instances of love. My take-away from this book is to keep feeding those relationships if you want to love and be loved.
Chester Dean

Éste libro me lo mandó muy amablemente la Editorial Océano de México, no fue una elección mía, así que cuando llegó no sabía realmente qué esperar de él. Aclaro desde ahora, que la calificación es meramente por mi reacción para con el libro, y no por la calidad del mismo ¿ok? Ahora sí, a continuar con mi opinión.

Amor 2.0 es un libro de no ficción centrado en las reacciones químicas y físicas del amor en el cuerpo humano, que el ser humano necesita amar para llevar una buena salud, y nos rela
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an eye opening book. I would have thought love would be a hard thing to study scientifically but with brain scanning technology it apparently can be studied objectivly. The author redefines love as as "positivity resonance" between two people. This resonance can occur with anyone, anytime. She introduces practices and meditations like the Buddhist "Loving Kindness Meditation" (which is just beautiful) to help you unlock your potential to experience this resonance. One thing she said th ...more
Sean Goh
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love is not a zero-sum game, anyone can be the other side of positivity resonance.

Fredrickson makes a compelling case for love being an action, with deep physiological effects most have never thought of. Limiting our conception of love to the 'one and only soulmate' is a limiting yet prevalent social limiting belief holding many back from authentic connection with others in general.

Learning to love from others makes your love for the special people in your life that much more significant.
Nicole Taylor
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love 2.0 changing the context in which we view love. The author uses body science to recast love as micro moments of positivity resonance, opportunities for which arise constantly throughout the day with multiple people. The science is here basically a wrap around for a book on the benefits of Metta (Loving Kindness Meditation). I appreciate the mixture of science and spirituality.
Vassilena Valchanova
The first part was great, with detailed info about the physiological aspects of love. Part II is geared towards people looking for enlightenment and self-help, which definitely isn't me. Not a bad book - just not my type of book.
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldnt-finish
Couldn't finish. Made up words and concepts and just boring
Katrina Sark
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“To you, and to those in whom your love resonates.”

p.3 – Longing. You know the feeling. It’s that ache of sensing that something vital is missing from your life; a deep thirst for more. More meaning, more connection, more energy – more something. Longing is that feeling that courses through your body just before you decide that you’re restless, lonely, or unhappy.

p.4 – love is the essential nutrient that your cells crave: true positivity-charged connection with other living beings.

p.5 – Love
Brittany Krueger
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book came recommended from an class I took. Since I loved the class, I figured this book would be a win…

I agreed with many aspects of this novel: loving kindness meditation can increase compassion, empathy, well-being, and a boatload of other benefits; love isn’t a constant state but shifts and changes; the social norm of the “one and only soul mate” is extremely limiting; mindfulness can improve physical and mental health, reduce rumination, and increase relationship satisfaction.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, the author redefines love as a positive emotion shared between two people. While I don't have an issue with defining that as love, I do find that it is a significant change from love as it is conceived by most people, and that it is unlikely to catch on. Still, I think the idea has merit. This conception of love is a lot like the Buddhist idea of loving kindness, and since a large portion of the book is a series of loving kindness meditations, that is not terribly surprising. Those ...more
Brian Nwokedi
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The aim of the mindfulness practices within this book is to condition your heart to be more comfortable and familiar with warm and tender sentiments. Like most of us, I always assumed that love was simply a feeling, but Fredrickson reminds us that love is a verb. And we have the power to increase our ability to experience and give love more frequently in our lives!

As humans, we have hardwired habits of scanning current circumstances for sources of danger and negativity, and these hardwired trait
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Defines love as not a state of being (like “I’m in love”) but moments of positive connection. Meaning love must constantly be renewed, re-created, re-entered. I don’t totally buy her strict definition of love, but I love (har) the idea of being able to create real love through moments of connection, even the fleeting ones. What a great way to think of our daily interactions! And this gives me focus and motivation in making sure my children are receiving a steady diet of love (moments of positive ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought it was interesting the way Fredrickson talks about the science of love, the measurable data that can be tied to feelings and experiences of love and to human capacity to love. I found at times that I had a hard time reading the book because of the language she used and her style throughout her writing. At times it felt limiting and sublime in the childhood storybook kind of way where you want to believe it but know it's a tale for children. I felt that way even as I knew there was data ...more
AnaMaria Rivera
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A scientific book about love and loving that brings laboratory evidence on the power and effects of love and a life of practicing love and includes daily practices and meditations to enhance our capacity for loving. Very nice.

"Yet far beyond feeling good, a micro-moment of love, like other positive emotions, literally changes your mind. It expands your awareness of your surroundings, even your sense of self. The boundaries between you and not-you—what lies beyond your skin—relax and become more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, love
I enjoyed this book and found the research interesting and will probably try some of the practices mentioned in it. It was a bit of a slow read and I wasn't so engaged by the writing which is why I'm not giving it more stars but I did learn from it and hope to implement some of the positivity and love practices in my life.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting perspective about the supreme emotion supported by lots of references to studies done by both the author and others. Kind of like the notion that love is capapble in all connections we make with others and I also like the we can become more receptive to receive love in our lives. Interesting read
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and will continue to try and use the associated online tools. This book did seem verbose, esp the second portion of the book. The chapters could have been shorter to convey their main point.
Mario Russo
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
Ok.. good title, good info. Nothing that much new if you are familiar with kindness meditation, empathy etc etc.
Teri Temme
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Micro-moments are all around you - look up and truly connect with others. It does wonders for your life.
Gloria Denoon
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
The book has two parts: first deals with concepts and theories of love, and second focuses on practical tools, like meditation, to improve our biology of love and relationship with our intimate circle.

By adopting a scientific approach, Dr. Fredrickson attempts to upgrade the concept of love. The major aims of this book are to explore love in terms of biology, emotional and interpersonal science and, to further demonstrate how love can expand our ways of perception and can ultimately improve rel
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fredrickson defines love as positive resonance between people. My greatest take-away from this book is how she uses disciplined meditation (she offers specific prayers/scripts to get folks started) to help people condition themselves to be more positive about themselves and others thereby making moments of love more likely.

I also like that she spends the first third of the book talking about the science behind her work. Science! I usually think of meditation as outside the realm of science and
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars overall. I had a higher regard for this author's previous title "Positivity" (though now that would likely be altered some on account of my views changing/being informed by social / psych / bio / cultural issues and history that renders at least partially what was presented there as reductive). I may dig up my notes of reflections on this title later but generally I recall finding its definition and treatment of love too narrow and restrictive + in conflict with my personal experience ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Keith by: Michael Kendall
Shelves: self-help
At first, I was not very impressed with this book; I liked Positivity better, and was glad that I waited for a library copy instead of buying it. Now that I've finished this book, I feel a lot better about it. I've been doing the daily positivity evaluation for about 3 weeks now, and the social connectedness test for two weeks.  I've not tried the Day Reconstruction Method - that promises to take a lot of time. During the time I was reading this book, I read another self-help book that was publi ...more
Yassir Islam
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Check out Deb's review of this excellent book below. I will add that the true value will come from doing the exercises and practices in part 2. The daily review of three interactions of positivity will give you results quickly as will doing a loving kindness meditation daily. Her website provides guided meditations that are as a good as any. A life changing book that will give you freedom to find love 2.0 in your interactions with people daily.
Sean Fishlock
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very longwinded look at "positivity resonance". In a nutshell: small buzzes we get out of social interactions are rebadged as "love". Fredrickson puts forward benefits for this including a theoretical biological feedback loop. There are occasional gems. Some nice analogies too. But painfully florid language, and waffling sentences, make for frustrating reading.
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“Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being” 10 likes
“Suppose you’re called on to navigate some particularly difficult life dilemma, your own, or that of a close confidant. You yearn to talk matters over with your mentor, spouse, or best friend. Yet, for whatever reason, you can’t get a hold of these valued others—perhaps they’re traveling, busy, or even deceased. Research shows that simply imagining having a conversation with them is as good as actually talking with them. So consult them in your mind. Ask them what advice they’d offer. In this way, a cherished parent or mentor, even if deceased, leaves you with an inner voice that guides you through challenging times. Your past moments of love and connection make you lastingly wiser.” 7 likes
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