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3 Easy Steps to Becoming an Optimist

Noelle Nelson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

You're convinced, being an optimist is the way to go. But beyond the old adage "See the glass half full" how do you do it? Here are three quick, easy steps to becoming an optimist.

6 Tips For Becoming A Realistic Optimist

Mara Karpel, Ph.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Fifty
Mara Karpel, Ph.D.

t's true that there is a danger to being overly optimistic. It's unproductive to believe that challenges will magically disappear or goals will be manifested without taking any action in the real world. However, being a realistic optimist means that we're aware of the challenges.

A 5-Minute Exercise That Will Boost Your Mood

O, The Oprah Magazine | Joann Pan | Posted 08.24.2015 | OWN

On left: Positive emotions, On right: Negative emotions Look over the emotional states above and on a separate piece of paper write down a...

How Keeping a 'Today I Failed At' Notebook Can Bring You Success

Daphne C Spyropoulos | Posted 08.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daphne C Spyropoulos

The first time I ever sang in public was two years ago in one of Greece's most prestigious Theatre-arts audition rooms in front of some of the most ce...

11 Things Optimists Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living

This goes out to anyone who has ever been told to get her head out of the clouds. Optimists are known for their perky dispositions and even more so fo...

How to Stay Optimistic During Tough Times

Bob Miglani | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Miglani

I believe in order for us stay optimistic during tough times, we must be proactive about who we look to for hope, how we explain adversity to ourselves and whom we interact with.

Study: Older Adults Decide It's Never Too Late to Switch Spiritual Homes

David Briggs | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Research in the emerging field of religion and aging suggests significant relations between an active religious life and positive health outcomes, from lower rates of depression to reduced death anxiety. The upshot for congregations: Do not take older worshippers for granted.

7 Life Lessons From Pop Culture's Most Popular Pessimists

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Perhaps life isn't so bad through a glass half empty. Despite what we've been told about looking on the bright side, there's also some solid science b...

7 Ways Optimism Is Good For Your Health

Mara Karpel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Fifty
Mara Karpel, Ph.D.

Throughout the past two months, my dad has taken my family on a roller coaster ride with his health's ups and downs. Every day has been so unpredictable, with days in which we thought he might not live out the week, and other days in which he has had me sobbing with tears of joy.

The Power of Gratitude

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

Gratitude is a simple notion, yet one that we formally honor but once a year. But how does gratitude color our lives when we're not sitting around a table laden with turkey, stuffing and candied yams? When did you last pause to recognize and acknowledge the many things for which you are grateful?

Earning a PhD in Divorce Has its Benefits

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Divorce
Kay Tacke Morse

Once you are on the other side, you can create a new chapter and live happily ever after. Promise, I did it and I see proof everyday it is so very possible.

The Light and Wonder: A Tribute to Mark Sternlicht

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I discovered yesterday that Mark was the inventor of the portable flashlight; a tool to illuminate the darkness. In my mind, as we have heard today fr...

How You View Your Future Can Increase Your Mental Health...Or Create Depression

Douglas LaBier | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

After all, depression can color everything. It's natural to assume that if your outlook is negative or despondent, it's the product of your depressed mood. But for some people the reality is actually the other way around: It's how you envision the future that can make you depressed.

Stormy Weather

Marcia Liss | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Power of Positivity: Three Lessons to Guide Your Day

Jonathan J. Doll, PhD | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan J. Doll, PhD

But I continually choose to be positive. In the midst of this crisis, I have had the opportunity to slow down, to trust others to help out, and to continually learn new ways I can improve in my job. Rather than let weakness be an excuse, I am choosing to make it into a strength.

How to Train Your Mind to See the Good in Every Situation

Daniel DiPiazza | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniel DiPiazza

Remember that ridiculously cheery, borderline creepy scene from Mary Poppins where the children (rightfully so) complain about having to clean up thei...

6 Ways Language Makes a BIG Difference to Success

Scott Halford | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Scott Halford

Glass half-empty or half-full? Does it really matter? As it turns out, it does matter how you explain that glass and the world around you. Those who ...

The Big Problem With Optimists

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Those of us who have a pre-disposition towards positivity were often born that way. But the brain is a trainable tool. Being an optimist doesn't mean ignoring the facts; it means holding onto your enthusiasm in the face of them.

Innamoratevi! Lessons on Ethical Leadership

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Gaia Paradiso

I recently found in my bookshelf the script book of The Tiger and the Snow, one of Roberto Benigni's fairly recent movies (2005) where he plays the ro...

Want To Make More Money? Try Changing Your Attitude, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science

Being a cynic comes at a pretty high cost -- literally as well as figuratively. A cynical worldview has been linked with poor physical health as w...

Clap Trap

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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How Do You Want to See the World?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

My parents' caution was well-meaning, but it left me with a sense of anxiety and a pervasive belief that doom and catastrophe are always right around the corner.

Life Lessons I Learned from #AftonStrong

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

#AftonStrong It's so much more than a hashtag. #AftonStrong is a cause close to my heart. Afton Wallace is my second cousin on my mom's side. Her d...

Is the Mad Men Finale a Litmus Test for Optimism?

Stephanie Weaver | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Weaver

Having watched the show since the beginning, I was fascinated to see it end. I read the commentary about how the show wrapped up, whether the characte...

4 Well-Intentioned Pieces of Advice That Rub Me The Wrong Way

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Christy Heitger-Ewing

We are quick to shift blame, point fingers and insist that we did nothing wrong, but I think if we're honest with ourselves, we would recognize that we all harbor some regret, and that's OK.