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Positive Signs #37, 38, & 39

Positive Signs is a series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity and optimism.

Happiness is a diffuse term. It masks important distinctions between emotions such as gratitude, awe, contentment, pride, love, compassion, and desire. Dacher Keltner, Born to Be Good (2009) 14-15.

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #37 (Happiness is a diffuse term)_, 2011; glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

People who are led to experience brief positive emotions are more creative, expansive, generative, synthetic, and loosened up in their thought. Dacher Keltner, Born to Be Good (2009) 116.

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #38 (Brief positive emotions)_, 2011; glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

All things come into being by conflict of opposites. Heraclitus.

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #39 (Conflict of opposites)_, 2011; glitter pen on gridded vellum; 8.5 × 11 in./21.5 × 28 cm

Next: Positive Signs #40–45, on the ontological status of the positive, plus Venn diagrams of subjective well-being and hope.
See all Positive Signs.

 

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