With so much negative news broadcast all across American society we wanted to create something that, instead of inducing more stress and worry, would strip it away. UpJoy was the result: somewhere anyone and everyone could share and view exclusively positive content! Leveraging the idea of positive priming and the importance of positive affectivity, UpJoy provides videos, images and more that are uplifting, funny, calming, spiritual, motivational, and everything positive in-between. The system learns what media is best suited to brightening your day and serves it up! Think of it as a mini-vacation designed to recenter you, reduce stress and infuse your day with joy.
Why Is Boosting Positive Emotion Important?
Extensive research from Dr. Barbara Fredrickson at the University of Michigan has confirmed that when we experience more positive emotions we “Broaden and Build” our emotional, physical, intellectual and social resources, making us more adept in nearly every situation and at nearly every task. We become: more creative, more open to new ideas, faster learners, better interpersonal communicators, more rational decision makers, more productive; and have improved immune and cardiovascular functioning, decreased levels of stress, and much more. Positive emotion leads to these increased resources and openness, in turn placing us on an ‘upward spiral’ that helps us in coping with negativity and ultimately in finding greater life satisfaction.
Psychological studies show the priming yourself with positive messages can have real and lasting effects including:
- Reducing stress
- Enhancing creativity
- Encouraging collaboration
- Improving cognitive function
- Boosting productivity
- Raising happiness
Resources and References:
Leading Positive Psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson discusses the importance of Positive Affectivity on greater well-being
Fredrickson, B. L., Mancuso, R. A., Branigan, C., & Tugade, M. M. (2000). The undoing effect of positive emotions. Motivation and Emotion. 24, 237-258.
Dr. Beth Cabrera on Positive Priming
Barbara Fredrickson – What good are positive emotions?
Positive Emotions and Coping: Examining Dual-Process Models or Resilience
Lubormirsky, S., King, L.A., & Deiner, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Psychology Bulletin. 131, 803-855.