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Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 10.18.2016 | Media
Greater Good Science Center

By Sophie H. Janicke Cat videos are hilarious, no doubt about that. But videos of altruism--like a bear saving a crow from drowning or a man in the s...

Breathtaking: Finding The Beauty In This Breathless Life

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 10.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

This life I've been gifted? It's breathtaking. I feel it when I first awaken in the morning and as my first steps of the day kiss the cool wooden fl...

Discovery and Adventure - I Dare You to Reinvent Your Life!

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 10.11.2016 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

I've heard from a lot of friends and colleagues lately who aren't where they want to be in life. I'm glad I'm their friend and that I have chance to help give them strength and perspective to remind them of who they are.

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist In No Acute Distress -- Episode 29: The Sun Comes Up

Catherine Armsden | Posted 10.04.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Armsden

A few days after my Parkinson's diagnosis in 2009, I scanned my shelves for a book to take on a family road trip to Los Angeles and randomly plucked one a friend had passed on to me a several years earlier.

Resolving To Stand For Our Children's Future

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 09.19.2016 | Parents
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

It's that time of year again, when children, families and teachers leave summer days behind and take up the rhythms of a new school year. Children wai...

How To Start Turning Life's Lemons Into Lemonade

Sarah Herstich, MSW, LCSW | Posted 09.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Herstich, MSW, LCSW

Life. It can be tough. It's easy, at times automatic, to look at the world with your glass half empty. Every day you're challenged with deadlines, cri...

The Surprising Upside to Negative Thinking | Posted 09.05.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Alix Strauss We're often told to look on the bright side, but for some of us negative thinking can have positive effects. It's an age-old questi...

Healthy Inspiration: Being Pumped And Practical

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 08.16.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Inspiration. Motivation. Optimism. While all three can be essential to moving forward, especially for those that are entrepreneurial-minded, it's equally or more important to be aware that inspiration overload without a solid foundation, i.e., an actual plan for success, can be dangerous.

Pessimism Is Rife, Optimism Naive. What's Left?

Chris Kutarna | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

Optimism or pessimism? Either stance can be backed by solid argument, but we argue that neither suits the Renaissance age we live in so much as a third frame: activism.

Dare To Be 100: Worse Or Better World? The Flynn Effect

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Which side of the bed did I get out of first this morning? Will this be a good day or bad day? Is this a good world or bad world? My answers vacillate...

I May Be A Pollyanna, But I'm No Pushover!

Janet Bertolus | Posted 08.03.2016 | Good News
Janet Bertolus

I can guarantee you that throughout human history while some fraidy-cat fear-monger was running around like a headless chicken screaming about a falling sky, the Pollyanna's in the bunch were calming the crowd and building a roof.

Stoking Optimism in a Darkening World

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

(This post was originally published as part of the World Economic Forum's Globalization series.) In aggregate terms, the human race has never had it ...

The Nerve to Believe in Our Kids

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 07.29.2016 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Last night my teenage daughter and I watched a thriller called Nerve, a new movie starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Nerve portrays a world where ...

How to foster kindness and gratitude? Positive attitudes, faith and humility all play a role

David Briggs | Posted 07.28.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

"Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks...

Trump's America Is Different Than Mine

Pat Waak | Posted 07.22.2016 | Denver
Pat Waak

I tried to watch Donald Trump's speech last night, but every time I switched over I heard language that evoked darkness, distrust and despair. One of the channels was carrying the horror movie Pumpkinhead, which is at least fiction.

Things Aren't As Bad As They Seem - An Optimist's View of the World

Kaia Roman | Posted 07.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Kaia Roman

Bad news abounds these days. Violence. Hate. War. Terrorism. Environmental destruction. Political insanity. It all seems so...bad. And I don't know ab...

Former Reporter Poses The Question We Must All Ask Ourselves About Negative News

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.19.2016 | OWN

When Michelle Gielan was working as a local and national news reporter, she covered her share of tragic stories. But in her years as a television jour...

How California Used Optimism To Tackle A Big Problem -- You Can Too

Noelle Nelson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Los Angeles
Noelle Nelson

Despite Donald Trump's recent proclamation that "California has no drought" (!!), we here in California are pretty darn sure we've been experiencing a...

Dare To Be 100: Pomp And Circumstances

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The major graduation weekend recedes into history with many thousands of new products. I did my part in the process. I went to three Stanford graduat...

For an Optimistic Revolution

Alexander Stubb | Posted 05.30.2016 | Technology
Alexander Stubb

The world has seen more than one industrial revolution and another one is already upon us. We should face it as optimists.

One Careless Decision Can CRASH A Life

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Kay Tacke Morse

Ciara, convinced she was curiously and suddenly trapped in her ex boyfriend's sister's horrible nightmare, tried desperately and frantically to get ou...

The Power of Hope

Gurdeep Pandher | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Gurdeep Pandher

All of humanity is based upon the notions of what could be, focusing on the future rather than the present. Rarely is anyone truly, wholly satisfied with the life they are living, preferring to think of the time to come as a golden place where their wishes can be fulfilled.

Brazil's Crises Can Teach Us Something Valuable About Democracy

Lucas Bento | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Lucas Bento

While the corruption scandal and political crisis are destabilizing the economy in the short-run, Brazil's response marks a turning point for the country. Brazilian institutions, not corrupt powerbrokers, are shaping the distribution of power.

30 Things I've Learned By 33

Tanya Hayre | Posted 05.03.2016 | Women
Tanya Hayre

While I am no expert on life and continue to make 764.5 mistakes each and every day, here is a compilation of what I have learned and know to be true at the age of 33 (in no particular order of importance.)

The World Is Getting Better -- People Need to Know That If We Want More Progressive Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Making progressive change isn't easy. It requires activism, sound political strategy, and endurance. But we also need something less tangible: faith that the future can be better than the present.