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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.

Every Moment In Life Is a Choice, And It's Yours To Make

Shawn Doyle | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Shawn Doyle

an you choose to not be angry? Can you really choose your response? Can choose not to get worked up and frustrated? Can you choose to not have a negative reaction? Yes. Here are some techniques to help develop your ability to choose your response.

Creative Work: Teaching and Learning

Katherine Meeks | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Katherine Meeks

Optimism. Grit. Perseverance. Mindset. Volumes of educational rhetoric revolve around these ideas. Sure, I intentionally spend time teaching my visual...

The Lessons and Legacy of a Watergate Baby

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Three years ago today, my friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly. By its nature, sudden death is shocking. It's especially stunning when it happens to someone as vibrant and healthy as Bob Edgar appeared the day before he died, when he wisecracked to me that he figured he had until age 70 before "living on borrowed time."

Unbreakable Hope

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

As CF and its truth steadily chip away at my being, I can't help but reflect over these past several years and the extended and frequent courses of powerful antibiotics.

10 Essential Habits of Highly Optimistic and Positive People

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Bill Murphy Jr.

My top resolution for 2016 was to become more optimistic--because as the saying goes, "perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." Put differently, believing in positive outcomes makes them more likely to come true.

#BrainReinvention - The Irony of Social Media and Smart Phones 24/7

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 04.11.2016 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

#BrainReinvention - The Irony of Social Media and Smart Phones 24/7 It's quite ironic that I would share this blog today as my agency is handling ...

Observations From Below: Always Look On the Bright Side of Life

Bryan Dooley | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Happiness doesn't come from drugs, alcohol, having things or anything else we associate with happiness. It is more hard work than you realize, but it is worth it. That's how I happily roll.

Looking For The Bright Side? Try These Positive Affirmations

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the...

6 Leadership Traits Seldom Mentioned

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Quick -- tick off the leadership traits that you often hear from conference speakers, read in leadership books or blogs, or study in training programs. I'm guessing your list includes these: inspiring, visionary, passionate, focused, disciplined, decisive, ethical.

20 Unforgettable Minutes; or, Finding Meaning In the Most Unlikely Places

Nathaniel Haas | Posted 03.15.2016 | Good News
Nathaniel Haas

It is amazing how the most ordinary days and mundane activities can turn out to be the most meaningful and memorable. When the world seems like a pretty sick place, as recent news from the four corners of the globe suggests, I go back to a few moments that remind me what life is all about.

Capture A Little Positivity With This Uplifting Guide

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Feeling stressed? You're not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the p...

4 Reasons to be Optimistic About Encryption's Future

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 03.11.2016 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

As the legal dispute between the FBI and Apple continues to dominate headlines, there's a great deal that privacy advocates and consumers should be co...

Here Are Some Pretty Solid Reasons To Look At The Bright Side

Happify | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living

Life is brighter when you have a sunny disposition. Optimism has a ton of perks. Research shows a positive attitude may improve heart health, boost yo...