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Learned Optimism

Are You an Optimist? The Test

Jurriaan Kamp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jurriaan Kamp

Psychologists have been using a simple test -- the Life Orientation Test -- for years to find out. The same test has been featured in most of the research done on the relationship between optimism and pessimism and (mental) health.

An Open Letter to Pessimists (AKA the Internet)

Joe Peacock | Posted 11.09.2013 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

I used to lament not being able to follow my dreams. But hey, I had to work. I had a house to pay for. I had two car notes. I had a wife to support. I had it all. Except happiness. I look back on it now, and I know that I had no idea how miserable a person I really was back then.

5 Steps to Making Happiness a Habit

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

The second part of this story is a clincher for considering that happiness can be a choice. An elementary school teacher in rural Arkansas made a brac...

The World's Most Powerful Creative Act: Begin Again!

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Remember that we cannot begin again until some other chapter has closed. For the daffodil, the winter is on the wane. The end of one season brings the onset of the next new life.

How To Radiate Positivity

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

By Mark Matousek Have you ever been in the presence of something so lively, engaged, selfless, and utterly radiant, it's left you speechless? Mar...

Mourning in America

Jason Stanford | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

What happened to the Republican Party that used to have a lease on the White House because it owned optimism?

Adopt A New Attitude: Realistic Optimism

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Cultivate your realistic optimism by combining a positive attitude with an honest assessment of the challenges that await you. Don't visualize success -- visualize the steps you will take in order to make success happen.

Is This Glass Half Full?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Pessimism can be bad for your health, and it could lead to heart disease and strokes. You may not be able turn to yourself into a whistling, wide-eyed optimist, but it is worth the effort to shed yourself of cynical hostility.

The Link Between Optimism And Childhood Experiences

Rita Schiano | Posted 10.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Schiano

When it comes to resilience, attitude really is everything. Having an optimistic view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities creates conditions for success and healthier living.

OMB Orders Government Agencies to Monitor Disgruntled Employees -- What's Next?

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The White House and its paranoid Barney Fife bureaucrats have set their gun sights on the "insider threat" lurking within top secret America itself.