Positive emotions expand awareness and open minds. Although the expansion is as subtle and short-lived as the emotion itself, it accounts for increases in creativity, autobiographical memory, resilience, and social connection – to name a few.
Over time, these momentary states of expanded awareness accumulate to build durable personal and social resources that reshape our lives for the better. Learning skills for self-generating positive emotions increases resilience needed to minimize future suffering and cultivate well-being. One of the most efficient and effective ways to build positivity is through loving-kindness meditation.
Loving-kindness meditation is a technique used to condition one’s habitual responses, emotions and mind states toward greater warmth and caring for self and others. What we feed grows. By increasing our daily diet of love, compassion, and other positive emotions we nourish character development and psychological growth.