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Are We All Insane?

Chantelle Jahara Pinto | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Chantelle Jahara Pinto

The Tao Master raised his cup of green tea to eye level, its handle facing me. "What do you see?" he asked. "A tea cup and its handle," I replied...

The Surprising Upside To Pessimism

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Contrary to popular belief, having a positive outlook doesn't always lead to positive results. While 89 percent of the world self-identif...

Can You Teach Yourself to Be More Optimistic?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Take 20 minutes and envision yourself in the future. Imagine yourself as the best possible you. Now write it down.

The Anatomy of a Miracle

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rea Nolan Martin

I have a fairly resilient friend who's been through tough times. Her motto, borrowed from Winston Churchill, is, "When you're going through hell, keep...

3 Things That Will Always Stand In The Way Of Your Goals

Gary Vaynerchuk | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Gary Vaynerchuk

There are a million reasons why not, but there is one good reason why, which is this: You just have to persevere. No matter what happens, it's the way it is, and you have to keep going. And that is where the optimism lives. If you truly believe that you can do it no matter what, you've got this.

The Price Paid for Passion

Corinda Lubin-Katz | Posted 10.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Corinda Lubin-Katz

Just over a year ago, I tore my ACL playing basketball. The moment was instantaneous. The recovery was not, but it was punctuated with milestones that...

Running in Heels

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

A friend of mine recently referred to me as the "CEO of Running in Heels magazine" -- I laughed, thought it was cute and clever, and then realized what it really meant.

How to Launch a $100 Million Business Out of a Van.

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Natalie Pace

After five years of being dead broke, of living out of a van, and yet another night of getting kicked off of a college campus without selling any t-shirts, most entrepreneurs would be ready to throw in the towel.

Before You Give Someone Advice, Try This First

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Some of your friends who are committed to pessimism may question or judge your new attitude. Some may find fault with it. But some will be intrigued and drawn to it and to you. And you may also find that there are other "closet optimists" who welcome your perspective into their world. What have you got to lose by trying?

What If Everything in Your Life Was Perfect?

Emily Cassel | Posted 10.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Emily Cassel

Did you know that everything in your life is perfect, just the way it is, right now, without changing anything at all? WITHOUT DOING MORE, OR BETTER,...

The Surprising Reason Some People Can’t Help Being Debbie Downer

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Science

We all know that some people see a glass of water as half-full, while others see the same glass as half-empty. But why? According to a ...

What If Everything Goes Right?

Tyler Tervooren | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tyler Tervooren

If we're going to live a little dangerously, I think we need to stop wasting our time planning for every worst case scenario. In almost any risk you take, the likelihood of actually winding up in the worst case scenario is incredibly low. Spending all of your time and energy preparing for it is wasted.

What's Your Story?

Kathi Sharpe-Ross | Posted 09.24.2015 | Fifty
Kathi Sharpe-Ross

I love other people's stories. I see a family , a woman eating alone, a man in a biz suit, two friends chatting, a group of teenagers hanging out... and I'm curious.

How I Handle The Ugly Odds of Marriage

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 09.18.2015 | Weddings
Elli Thompson Purtell

Hope is the very seed of marriage. Without it, we have no chance of growing. Yes, some of us may get temporarily battered down by storms. Some of us may eventually wilt and wither to nothing. Some of us may die and find rebirth in an entirely new seed of hope. But what good is planting a seed in the first place if you don't have 100 percent faith that it will grow?

I Never Thought I'd Call Myself an Optimist

Stephanie Harper | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

There is so much hope in those who share their own stories of failures and obstacles, of resilience and healing. And I want to share these words, as well as a few words of my own, to help other people find the same hopefulness that I'm seeking, that I'm fighting for.

9 Things Pessimists Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Sometimes life's better when it's not viewed through rose-colored glasses. Sure, optimism certainly has its health benefits, but there's actually some...

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 09.01.2015 | 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 09.08.2015 | 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.