All you need is love. Surveys show that most people consider romantic love to be their primary source of happiness. Barbara Lee Fredrickson, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina, suggests that love is best defined in terms of small moments of shared positivity.

This everyday love, she says, should be the kind of love that defines day-to-day life and day-to-day joy. Templeton World Charity Foundation funded Dr. Fredrickson’s project, “Understanding Everyday Love: Do Increases in Positivity Resonance Increase Virtuous Behavior?” This video, part of the Stories of Impact documentary series directed by Richard Sergay, tells the story of her inspiring research.


  • Richard Sergay is an award-winning veteran network television journalist and senior media executive who spent much of his career at ABC News. He reported on major domestic and international stories for World News, Nightline and Good Morning America and ABC Radio. Richard completed a six-year assignment as Bureau Chief and Correspondent based in South Africa covering the end of White rule and Apartheid, as well as the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the ensuing peace negotiations. After the South Africa assignment, Richard began a new beat for ABC News – the first for any major network --  focused on the digital revolution unfolding in the U.S.