If you are wondering what the point of being a good person with no expectations that the goodness will come back to you is, then you should you should watch this.

This TED talk was published a little over a year ago. The first few minutes seem a little bit hokey, but the physiological benefits of sharing connection is really interesting, and I thought worth sharing.

Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina. She is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health. Her research and her teaching have been recognized with numerous honors, including the 2000 American Psychological Association’s Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology.

Her work is cited widely and she is regularly invited to give keynotes nationally and internationally. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and two sons. Barbara is the author of Positivity and Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become.