Title

Cultivated Positive Emotions Inspire Environmentally Responsible Behaviors

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

2009

Abstract

Existing environmental problems, such as climate change and species extinction, are partially the result of human behavior. Attempts to motivate people to reduce and alter consumption behaviors have primarily relied on the summoning of negative emotions. The author elaborates a comprehensive theory, supported by empirical evidence, showing how positive emotions can be more effective at inspiring environmentally responsible behaviors. B. L. Fredrickson’s (1998, 2001) broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions is used to demonstrate how cultivated positive emotions can, expand people’s awareness that they are a connected part of the Earth’s living system, increase their capacity to creatively and effectively address environmental problems, and help them recognize that well-being and environmental health go hand in hand.

Keywords

emotions, motivation, environmentalism, behavior, culture

Topic

Positive Emotions, Well-Being/Flourishing

Format

Thesis

 

Date Posted: 19 December 2014