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Big Win, Big Loss, Big Red: A Year in Review

In 2005, psychologists Fredrickson and Losada published on the critical positivity ratio with the idea that the ratio of positive to negative affect differentiates a person who flourishes from one who languishes1. Through complex mathematics they determined a critical ratio of 2.9: we therefore must have about three positive experiences or emotions to balance each one negative. Though the ratio itself has been challenged, it does seem true that our negative experiences hurt us more than the positive ones lift us up. I have personally found this to be very true when reflecting on the aortic catastrophes I have seen over this past year. #1 I received a prehospital notification of a male in

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