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Bible-Based Campaign Aims to Pay-it-Forward This Holiday Season

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?

Inhale Love; Exhale Gratitude

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.25.2014 | Good News
Linda Noble Topf

Gratitude reminds us to find our happiness in everything -- in exceptional things, in mundane things, in good things, in so-so things and even in terrible things.

Ferguson, Ebola and Ugly Politics: Is the World Going to Hell or Am I Just Getting Old?

Julie Niehoff | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Julie Niehoff

Between breaking news headlines of grand jury announcements, Ebola scares, and divisive politics, it's become a common point of conversation among my 40-something friends that the world is going straight to hell.

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

#GratitudeChallenge: From the Trivial to the Transformational

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

I've found that gratitude can be most beneficial when it feels as though there's nothing to be grateful for. In those dark moments, I've gotten better at detecting a deceptive view of my circumstances and focusing on the good instead.

Smiling and Climbing: In Tribute to Joe Gold

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Are you smiling and climbing? This week, our community celebrated the life of Joe Gold, t. His eulogy serves as a source of inspiration for each of ...

The Leaders of Now

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

For the moment, "only" 3 billion people are connected to the internet. But this will change pretty fast, especially in lean countries. 78% own a smartphone in Latin America, 84% in Western Europe and 79% in US.

Troubled #hearts -- in 140 Characters

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.

Discovering the 'Just Say Yes' Approach to Daily Living

Stephanie Harper | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

In the end, this "just say yes" approach is not an easy concept to live out on a day to day basis, more of a continual journey, but it has the potential to open up worlds upon worlds for anyone keen on saying "yes" for the first time, and every time after that.

Your Boss -- Seriously Successful or Downright Deluded?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

While your boss's positive beliefs about herself helped her become successful. These same beliefs can make it tough for her to change. The same beliefs that helped her get to her current level of success, can inhibit her from making the changes needed to stay there -- or move forward.

What's Stopping You From Achieving Your Dreams?

Bernard Hiller | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Bernard Hiller

Abraham Maslow the famous motivational psychologist once said that, "Until you take care of your lower needs, you will never be able to fulfill your higher needs." The reason most people never fulfill their dreams or goals is because their basic human needs are never met.

Courting Life's Treasures Through Serendipity

Faisal Hoque | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Conversations about serendipity, synchronicity, and chance encounters are never ending and have been going on for hundreds of years. That's because most treasures in life come in accidental occurrences.

The Optimist

Marcia Liss | Posted 10.10.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Incredibly Smart Mirror Gives Spot-On Compliments, Reminds Us We're All Truly Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.03.2014 | Good News

What a sweet talker. This mirror on display in an Ikea store in Wembley, London, is telling shoppers how fabulous they are by doling out tailored c...

Carolyn Gregoire

The Surprising Downside Of Looking On The Bright Side

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living

As a culture, we love to tout the power of positive thinking. We're told to look on the bright side, focus on the good, and reach for the stars. We lo...

Optimism: The Silver Lining in a Chaotic World

Christine French Cully | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.

Scientists Find Another Way Pooches Are Just Like People

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science

Some see the bowl as half-empty; for other dogs, it's half-full. At least that's what researchers at The University of Sydney in Australia say. The...

Are Positive People Really Healthier?

Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living

By Amanda MacMillan for Men's Journal Perpetual optimists claim that their cheery dispositions bring them better health. It turns out that theory i...

The Opportunity In The Difficulty

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Julie Fox Gorte

Climate change can bring out the best in us and help reinvigorate our economy. That's usually not the headline of a story about climate change, but it's a headline we can write if we want to.

6 Tricks To Becoming A More Positive Thinker

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -- William Shakespeare When something goes horribly wrong, our emotions hardly fee...

Your Child's School Success? It's All in Your Head

Hilary Wilce | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Schools and teachers work hard to offer a good education to their students, and a cheerful, willing child who is able to meet them halfway and absorb what they have to offer will do well in their care.

Unleashing American Optimism

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Confidence in institutions, particularly government, is dipping dangerously low. If it goes much further we may end up in an unbreakable spiral whereby America becomes a helpless, passive entity in the world. Rather than wallow in our pessimism or aim for small, incremental solutions, we need to do things that captivate people's minds.

How To Be The Most Positive Person In The Room

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

No one wants to be -- or be around -- a Negative Nancy. Positive people encourage others to be happier and more comfortable with themselves because th...

Love Is A Myth

Brian Finkelstein | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Finkelstein

I am a cynical cliché of a man. And, like most misanthropes, what has fueled my pessimism -- ironically -- is my optimism. When you go through life expecting intelligence, honesty and fairness, but you get the Tea Party, McSalads, and Prop 8... you tend to become a bitter grump.

9 Entrepreneurship Lessons From the Mountains

Steven Clough | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Steven Clough

You really have to love what you're doing and love who you're doing it with to make it worthwhile. In the end, one thing has become clear from these adventures: Not everyone is cut out for them. Some have no interest, others lack the discipline.