References For Research About Positive Words For Education

We receive many messages from people asking references for the research performed at Positive Words Research.

They want to understand how we come up with the list of positive words and what empirical evidence we have to back up our statements. People want to know, for example, if for our research we have empirical evidence that was conducted in a lab experiment or a field experiment and was published in a journal.

Visitors say that the website has a lot of useful words that their research team could definitely use in their own projects, they stumbled across this website and it has been an excellent resource.  They know that creating a website like this could have not been easy, and we must have done a lot of preparation on research to get the information needed. And this is true. From the references below we have either extracted positive words or we have validated words to be positive and added them to the list of positive words from Positive Words Research.

If you use this list of positive words from Positive Words Research, please cite as follows:

List of Positive Words created by Calin Elena Daniela, founder of Positive Words Research. The list can be downloaded from

Please find below a list of references we have used since creating Positive Words Research:

Books References

  • Positive Thinking by Vera Peiffer, 1989
  • More Positive Thinking by Vera Peiffer, 1990
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz, 1959
  • The Good Mood Guide by Ros & Jeremy Holmes, 1993
  • A guide to rational living by Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, 1961
  • The case against religion: A psychotherapist’s view and the case against religiosity by Albert Ellis Ph. D
  • How to control your anxiety before it controls you by Albert Ellis, Ph. D founder of REBT Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, 1998
  • Dating, mating and relating – How to build a healthy relationship by Albert Ellis, Ph. D and Robert A. Harper, 2003
  • Feeling better, getting better, staying better. Profound self-help therapy for your emotions by Albert Ellis, Ph. D, internationally renowned psychologist, and author
  • How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker, 1997
  • How brains think by William H. Calvin, 1996
  • Kinds of minds. Toward an understanding of consciousness by Daniel C. Bennet, 1996
  • The complete idiot’s guide to public speaking, Second Edition by Laurie Rozakis, Ph. D, 1999
  • How to start a conversation and make friends by Don Gabor, 1983
  • 101 ways to improve your communication skills instantly by JO Condrill and Dr. Bennie Bough, 1998
  • The art of civilized conversation. A guide to expressing yourself with style and grace by Margaret Shepherd and Sharon Hogan, 2005
  • Positive words, powerful results. Simple ways to honor, affirm and celebrate life by Hal Urban
  • La therapie cognitive by Philippe Breinster, 1995
  • J’apprends a  apprendre  by Christian Drapeau, 1994
  • All you ever wanted to know from his Holiness The Dalai Lama on happiness, life, living and much more, Conversations with Rajiv Mehrotra, 2009, Tenzin Gyatso, HH The Dalai Lama
  • An Open Heart. Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, edited by Nicholas Vreeland, 2002
  • How can we overcome them. A Scientific Dialogue with The Dalai Lama narrated by Daniel Goleman, 2003
  • Healing Emotions: Conversations with Dalai Lama on Mindfulness, Emotions and Health by Daniel Goleman, 1997
  • Social Intelligence. The New Science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman, 2006
  • Emotional Intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ by Daniel Goleman, 1995
  • Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie Mickee, 2002
  • A Primer on Rational-Emotive Therapy by Windy Dryden, Raymond DiGiuseppe, 1990
  • The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, 2012
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, 2006
  • The Power by Rhonda Byrne, 2010
  • The Secret Daily Teachings by Rhonda Byrne, 2008
  • The Astonishing Power of Emotions. Let your Feelings be Your Guide by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, 1984
  • Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life by Katherine Woodward Thomas, 2004
  • Magic Sparkles of Happiness by Calin Elena Daniela the founder of Positive Words Research, 2012
  • Positive Words That Will Enrich Your Mind and Soul by Calin Elena Daniela, the founder of Positive Words Research, 2015
  • The I Can Alphabets: A Unique Collection of Words Just for You by Teffanie T. White, 2012 (Pictureless book)
  • I is for Invigorated (the i m a g i n a t i o n series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2011 (Pictureless book)
  • I is for Inspiration (the i m a g i n a t i o n series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • W is for Walnut (w e l l n e s s) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2011 (Pictureless book)
  • C is for Canvas (the c a n v a s series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • A is for Apple (the a n g e l series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • E is for El Nino (the e x p l o r e series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • The I Can Alphabets: A Unique Collection of Words Just for y O U by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2012 (Pictureless book)
  • Ur Txtbk (the n o t h i n g series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • N is for Never Night (the n o t h i n g series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • A is for Angel (the a n g e l series) by Teffanie White and Adrea Peters, 2010 (Pictureless book)
  • Minqing Hu and Bing Liu. “Mining and Summarizing Customer Reviews.”; Proceedings of the ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge; Discovery and Data Mining (KDD-2004), Aug 22-25, 2004, Seattle; Washington, USA
  • Bing Liu, Minqing Hu and Junsheng Cheng. “Opinion Observer: Analyzing; and Comparing Opinions on the Web.” Proceedings of the 14th; International World Wide Web conference (WWW-2005), May 10-14; 2005, Chiba, Japan

Home Training Programs References

  • Love or Above by Christie Marie Sheldon, Mindvalley
  • Unlimited Abundance. Clearing Past Beliefs and Fundamental Blocks by Christie Marie Sheldon, Mindvalley
  • Creative Visualization, Mastering the System by Vishen Lakhiani founder of Mindvalley
  • Bending Reality. The Master Program for Creating Wealth and Impact by Vishen Lakhiani founder of Mindvalley
  • 5 Principles for Winning the Mind Game by Bob Proctor, Mindvalley
  • 11 Forgotten Laws by Bob Proctor, Mindvalley
  • Creative Visualization. Guided Journeys by Lisa Nichols, Mindvalley
  • Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life by Katherine Woodward Thomas

Internet References – Lists of Positive Words/Positive Word Vocabulary Lists/Sentiment Analysis

Internet References – Articles

  • Happy Endings Slash Big Reveal by Teffanie Thompson, former Teffanie T. White (from Positive Words Research)
  • Positive Words by Lu Yu (from Lu Yu website)
  • How research is done at Positive Words Research
  • Positive thinking may be a sign you are going to live longer (from Daily Mail)
  • The Power of Words by Jonathan Madison (from The Daily Journal)
  • Sentiment Analysis Resources (from Positive Words Research)

Internet References – Blogs/Websites

  • Pictureless Books
  • Positive Thesaurus
  • Positive Words Dictionary
  • Word of the Day from The Crazy Perfectionist

Please note that from the references above we have either extracted positive words or we have validated words to be positive and added them to the list of positive words created at Positive Words Research.

Positive Words Research

Tips On How Research Is Done At Positive Words Research

I have been asked a lot of times about how research is done at Positive Words Research. I am telling people that I research positive words and that I call myself a Positive Words Researcher and they tell me:” Ok, ok, this is great Elena but what does it actually means, what do you do, how this research is done, can you reference the sources of your positive words and how do you know for sure what words are positive and what words are negative?”

I am receiving messages such as:

“I am on a research team that is studying ….. . We stumbled across your website and it has been an excellent resource. We were wondering where you got your list of words from and if you had empirical evidence that we could reference in our study.”

I usually reply something like this:

“Thank you for contacting me. I am fully willing to help you with everything I can. Please give me more details about how can I specifically contribute to your project.

Related to “We were wondering where you got your list of words from and if you had empirical evidence that we could reference in our study. ” you can reference exactly Positive Words Research, put a link to the list of positive words which is and my name Calin Elena Daniela as the researcher of positive words.

Why should you put Positive Words Research, the link, and my name as a reference?

Because I am creating this list since 2013 (in time I have added one by one the positive words after I am personally researching them and approve them as positive; the words, I am extracting them from my readings: normal books, the Bible, spiritual articles, blogs, anything I personally read). For this reason, the list of positive words from Positive Words Research is unique in the world. And it will be unique because I have more than 1500 words and phrases that I will further add to the list, but the words are still in the process of approving them as positive or not.”

Then I get replies that say something like this:

“Your website has a lot of useful words that my team could definitely use, and we always site whoever we got data from. In regards to our research, we have to have empirical evidence that backs up our statements, and because of this, I am in interested in what references you have used since creating this. Creating a website like this could have not been easy, and you must have done a lot of preparation on research to get the information needed.  Knowing a little more about your process I was wondering how you have defined positive words? and how do you know that these words fit these definitions? How did you do your research, to give you the knowledge of how emotion is felt from these words? and how exactly do you individually research these words? As stated, we will always site your work because you have a lot of useful information on your web page. We just need some form of studied evidence to back it up in order for it to fit our research.”

Ok! Therefore, today I decided to write a post to give more details about how the research of positive words is actually done at Positive Words Research.

I will include some pictures to show what I do in reality. These pictures show how I do the research practically. It is very simple actually. I read a lot of text day by day and I just extract words that feel positive to me.

For example, I read some text on my iPhone and while I read, I spot some possible positive words like the ones highlighted: earnestness, openness, and heartfelt. How can I do this?

  • I make my judgment, based on the context of the text, based on the sentences where I initially find that word.
  • It is my talent, a gift that I have. My brain can spot these words. It is my natural talent and also my ability that I am training myself to have since 2013 (during 2013 I have created Positive Words Research). Since 2013 my brain reads the text and spots these possible positive words. My ability to spot positive words is high, also because the already positive words that I found and added to the List of Positive Words are already in my memory. I actually know from my memory, if I have added the word to the list of not, without checking the list. Checking the list to see if it has the word or not is something that I do later. But, in more than 90% of the cases, I know if it is a new word or not.
  • It is a spiritual and energetically talent that I have. I feel the vibration of positive words as being positive. My brain is wired to feel the vibration of words. Highly intuitive people, energetic healers and people that do energy clearing, have the ability to “feel” that truth is light and lies are heavy. I do the same with words. Some words I fell them light and blissful and these ones I consider positive words, and some words are heavy or very disturbing, and these ones I consider them negative words. And some words are just neutral (these words I consider them just for the purpose of filling the void, the gap, for the brain to be able to make judgments). Only positive words are connected with positive emotions and feelings. I consider that positive words are full of truth. The truth is light, therefore, positive words are light, which means with less earthly/material information but with more spiritual/healing/enlightened energy. Versus negative words which I consider full of “lies” (what is a lie? lots of stories to cover a simple truth) and also full of lots of heavy stories from history. These things give to the negative words more information (negative words are heavier because are full of a lot of information, much more information than positive words). But this more information contained by the negative words is not relevant because it just covers the truth.

Therefore, I spot the words from the text I am reading on my mobile, I highlighted them and print screen the screen (you can do this with an iPhone) to save them as pictures on my phone. But this is not the only way I do it, with my phone. For example: If I read a paper book I underline the words. If I read an online article with a lot of positive words I send the article to my email inbox with the subject “to research this text for positive words” and when I have time I re-read the article and extract the positive words.

Another day, when I have time, I look on my phone, look through the pictures and extract the words to manually add the words to a list in my notebook. I also do a search of that word on The Free Dictionary, Wikipedia, and Google. I research the word in google to read some articles that contain that word. Some of the words that I find are not in The Free Dictionary or Wikipedia and some are not even on Google. How can a word not exist in Google? Because if I read the text in a paper book and no one has used that word in an article, then the word or phrase does not exist in Google. Or people will insert a positive word in a motivational text in a picture, and Google cannot read that text (but I can, because I see it with my eyes).

You can see that the words are added in different time periods because are written with different pens in different colors. After I complete two pages of positive words or phrases, I add these words in excel. When I add the words in excel, I am again searching the words on the internet to better understand them (I read articles or the explanation in different dictionaries).

When I have time (this might be in a couple of weeks because researching positive words is my passion and I have a day job) I add the words to the online list of positive words.

Then something super amazing happens: the people all around the world are commenting online on the list/social networks or sending me messages through my newsletter/website/social platforms. Some of the social platforms of Positive Words Research are Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. The people are commenting on the positive words, telling me that, they do not consider a word being positive, that is negative or more negative than positive. For example, a person said to me that the word: “blessing” is not positive, is more negative. Based on their messages I conclude if I delete a word from the online list or I keep it. For example, I kept the word “blessing” in the list. Also, people are sending me words or phrases that they think are positive and that I should add them to the list. Some of the words are not on the list or some of them are already on the list.

My observations and conclusions as a researcher are based on my own training and experience. I will mention some well-known people from the foundation of my training and experience:


I have studied the work of Albert Ellis who invented REBT therapy (rational emotional behavior thereby). REBT is more evolved than NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). After studying a lot of Albert Ellis books especially “Guide to a rational living” I understood the significance that internal dialogue (words that we use when we think) has on our mental health and happiness level. This is one of the main reasons why I do my work: to make a list of positive words and put it freely at the disposal of people so that they can learn and choose positive words to think better thought (for their mental health and happiness). All these positive words help a person to have a healthy mind.


I have studied the work of Nassim Haramein that coordinates The Resonance Project.


I have studied the works of Christie Marie Sheldon. For example, from her, I have included the positive phrase “pure love and light” into the list of positive words. I have studied the work of Vishen Lakhiani that created Mindvalley.

During my research, I have discovered a lot of spiritual texts and noticed that spiritual people use an abundance of positive words in their texts. Therefore, I have extracted the positive words and phrases from their text and included in my list, for normal people to look through the list, wonder about the meaning of the word, look for it and learn how to be happier. For example, the word “loving-kindness” or “kindness” or even “happiness” when you search it online you find a lot of resources that you can read and learn how to improve your well-being. Including “well-being” is a positive word.


I have studied all the list of positive words from the internet such as:

  • A to Z of Positive Words – List compiled by Paul Foreman from Mind Map Inspiration
  • The list of positive words from The Benefits of Positive Thinking
  • The list of positive opinion words (or list of sentiment words) from GitHub

At present, the research of positive words is in progress and a lot of things need to be done. I have a lot of things to do: to decide more than 1500 words that are positive or not, to add words to the online list, to translate the list of positive words in other languages (to translate the new positive words for the lists that I already translated), to research more text and extract more positive words, to reply to many comments and emails that I receive.

For example, I want to research the religious texts from my country Romania to complete the list of positive words in Romanian (in Romanian the list of positive words is called “Lista de cuvinte pozitive”) because in my country I discovered that something different is happening, than in other countries: most of the highly spiritual (highly positive words) are found in the religious text (like scriptures, psalms, or text written by priests, saints that profoundly believe in God). So I need to go through all this text and extract the positive words or phrases. Which I will do, in my life, before I reach 100 years old.

I am working to create a better version of the online application that I call Positive Words Researcher. Positive Words Researcher is a free online application that finds positive words in a text. I want to make the application on categories (usual/normal positive words and highly spiritual positive words) and to also make it in more languages.

For everyone that wants to use my research on positive words for a different project please contact me and tell me about your project and if you need to reference your work please use this:

Based on research done by Calin Elena Daniela at Positive Words Research, based on the list of positive words found at

I understand that is something new for people to reference a link, but this is how things are done nowadays. We do our research and document them not on paper anymore, but on the internet. Thank you for referencing my work in your project. Researching positive words is my passion and I will do these many years from now.

Have a blissful day full of magic awesomeness and lots of happiness,

Calin Elena Daniela, the founder of Positive Words Research

Sentiment Analysis Resources: Positive and Negative Words

You will also find here links towards various lists of positive words and lists of negative words to use in your assignments or projects.

Find below a list of resources for sentiment analysis:

1. Semantria

Semantria applies Text and Sentiment Analysis to tweets, facebook posts, surveys, reviews or enterprise content. See also these links Resources, Excel, Demo

Lexalytics acquired Semantria in 2014 and added their cloud text/sentiment analysis API and Excel plug-in to their product stack.

2. Lexalytics

State-of-the-art technologies to turn unstructured text into useful data. Hundreds of F1000 companies rely on Lexalytics text mining results. Lexalytics Resources

See more information about Sentiment Analysis Explained at Lexalytics.

3. Sentiment Analysis Dictionaries

Check out these Dictionaries!

At the University of Pittsburgh, they have Sentiment Lexicon. It’s a lexicon of about 8,000 words with positive/neutral/negative sentiment. It’s described in more detail in this paper and released under the GPL.

Professor Bing Liu provide an English Lexicon of about 6800 words that you can download, You can also use it for Opinion Mining and Opinion Spam Detection.

This paper from 2002 describes an algorithm for deriving such a dictionary from text samples automatically, using only two words as a seed set.

4. Meaning Cloud

Find more here

MeaningCloud is the easiest, most powerful and most affordable way to extract the meaning of all kind of unstructured content: social conversations, articles, documents…

5. Wikipedia Resources

6. The Stanford Natural Language Processing Group

Sentiment analysis at The Stanford Natural Language Processing Group with a Live Demo that is loading very hard.

7. Alchemy

Text and sentiment analysis is performed also by Alchemy, which is an IBM company. See the Alchemy Resources and Sentiment Analysis API

AlchemyAPI’s sentiment analysis algorithm looks for words that carry a positive or negative connotation then figures out which person, place or thing they are referring to. It also understands negations (i.e. “this car is good” vs. “this car is not good”) and modifiers (i.e. “this car is good” vs. “this car is really good”). The sentiment analysis API works on documents large and small, including news articles, blog posts, product reviews, comments and Tweets.

8. Online downloadable pdf

Here is an interesting online downloadable pdf about Introduction to Sentiment Analysis

9. SAS

You can also go and check the resources from SAS Sentiment Analysis

10. Python NLTK

Sentiment Analysis with Python NLTK Text Classification Live Demo

11. Downloadable list of positive words or list of negative words:

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