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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 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.

Rare in its scope and ambitious in its message, Love 2.0 will reinvent how you look at and experience our most powerful emotion.

©2013 Barbara Fredrickson Ph.D. (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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Completely Changed My Perceptions Of Love

I was doubtful, but this book not only changed my perceptions of love, it changed the frequency of love's expression inside and outside of my home. My first experience with positivity resonance was while donating blood. I felt a new connection with the nurse who took my medical history and stabbed my finger. She made me feel valuable, secure, understood and I felt love, nothing romantic, nothing sexual, but physical, intimate, worthy. Her touch, her professional movements, her skill were irresistible, and I loved her for it. It will take me several more listens to more fully understand this kind of love, but I try to get it and give it every day at work, and it has made a big difference in my interactions.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I appreciate the poetry.

What made the experience of listening to Love 2.0 the most enjoyable?

The narration. The author reads the book. This is many times a big turn off in audiobooks. Being a skilled writer guarantees nothing about one's ability to present what is written. This is a wonderful exception. This book is as much a poem as it is a work of science. The science is good, I'm a natural savant at the subject matter and the science is spot on. However it is as a poem this book shines. The author understands and believes what she is saying. This is important. The book is not about sweeping changes. It is about the cumulative effects of many small changes, small moments of time and love which combined over time change everything. Not quantitatively, but qualitatively. The world becomes a much different place. Understanding this allows the words to be beautiful. It is a beauty intended to share something not typically seen, but important.

What did you like best about this story?

If you've ever wondered why love fails to live up to the advertising, this book tells why. It debunks "true love" in favor of love that is true, love that can exist in our ordinary mixed up world. Truth is compelling. Love, if nothing else, should be truth.

What does Barbara Fredrickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said before, this is not a "showy" solution. Small steps becoming big things seems counter-intuitive. The author's genuine belief in her work might just break through your pre-conceptions enough for you to try it. To appreciate this book, you have to actually try it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Completely impossible to make into a movie, though it could make a really good song. I could see a lot of great music coming from this book.

Any additional comments?

Do you want the fantasy, or a new fantasy that can actually work? Do you want the deep inter-connections that love makes possible?

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The reviews were misleading

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book to a friend. It is very abstract with limited real world application.

What was most disappointing about Barbara Fredrickson’s story?

Her message. The reviews make this seem like a "life changing book" but it was dull and abstract.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Fredrickson?

no.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

i hope this never becomes a movie.

Any additional comments?

wish I could return this.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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very interesting

the discussion on loving kindness meditation gave me a lot to think over. I do meditation now. I'll have to add LKM to my practice.

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Repetitive

Interesting concepts however I suggest you listen to it at 3x speed because it is same concepts repeated over and over.

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Meditation - improves your ability to love

The book uses a scientific approach to love. Micro moments of positivity resonance = Love
For me it was an interesting concept. something I never heard, but was able to accept and understand. The book also helped me deepen my interest in meditation- a relatively new habit of mine.
All in all, the book explains how science slowly discovers and proves the age old approaches - that are still working - quite effectively in the 21st century.
A nice easy read with great meditation exercises.

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  • Ingrid
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 03-01-16

😊Worth reading

I enjoyed this book the first half is more theory in the science behind what she is saying. Initially I like the fact that the author was reading the book but then the second half is the practical meditation stuff one can do. For this the authored a Doppes very whispery voice that drove me nuts. As a yoga teacher I don't turn on a yoga voice the way some do I'm just myself through and through as was the voice of Sharon Salzburg who I studied meditation with as well as the author. Then a colleague suggested that I put it at an increased speed and that helped enormously, at least for me… I'm glad I read the book and I'm sure a listen to it again at some point in my life.

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If love was never saying sorry, Love 2.0 is state the obvious rip off

I find it insulting when authors who are not actors or performers read their own material. Would Fredrickson think someone without a PhD equal to the task of writing such a book? I doubt it. I suspect she is proud of her PhD and the qualifications she brings to her job. How arrogant and egotistical then to not give the same respect and "LOVE 2.0" to the skills of reading? Reading is a talent and a skill. Not everyone has it and authors who don't do a disservice to themselves, the listeners and talented readers everywhere.

I'm insulted by this book both by the misleading description of the book, it's content, which a child could have written and The author/readers condescending tone. Yes this could've been written by a 10-year-old but that doesn't mean your average listener is a 10-year-old. And any bright 10-year-old would not want to hear the condescending tone with which the author speaks. I bought this as the deal of the day and although it probably only cost $1.95 I want my money back, on principal.

If "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is silly - "Love 2.0" dumb down, state the obvious and charge for it.

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