Principle 1

Positive emotions broaden and build (Fredrickson, 1998, 2001) cognitive, social, emotional and physical resources on which children can rely when in adversity.

Principle 2

Increasing positive emotions in children can initiate upward spirals of positive emotions according to the Broaden and Build theory of Positive Emotions (Fredrickson, 1998, 2001) .

Principle 3

The positive traits of children are as important as the negative ones.