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How to Stay Optimistic When The World Feels Scary

Kaia Roman | Posted 01.30.2017 | Healthy Living
Kaia Roman

Fear feels thick in the air these days. If, like me, you're watching the news or scrolling through your Facebook feed, you're probably seeing and feel...

A Conversation With Willie Nelson, Part II: Living in the Promised Land

Robert Scheer | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Robert Scheer

In the second portion of a two-part conversation, the American musician Willie Nelson tells Robert Scheer why, in spite of prevailing political condit...

Introducing The Porch Light Profiles

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ― Howard ...

Advice That Works for Anyone

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.18.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Max Harms Image credit: Various on Wikipedia This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization ...

One Woman's Life in Discovery

Barbara A. Bernard | Posted 11.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Barbara A. Bernard

Physician, pilot, poet, and musician Nancy Elliott Sydnam lives in discovery every day. Originally from Washington State, she spent the last 20 years ...

Why Great Product Managers Are Optimistic Realists

Brian de Haaff | Posted 11.29.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once worked with a product manager who always had a smile on this face. He was a friend to everyone and always thought it was a beautiful day. But h...

Why I Am Hopeful

Mila Atmos | Posted 11.16.2016 | Good News
Mila Atmos

It should come as no surprise that I voted for the Democratic candidate in this presidential election, and that I, along with over 61 million other Am...

Don't Be Afraid. Be Loud!

John Halstead | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
John Halstead

Whatever you think of the neoliberal alternative offered by the Democrats, next year we will have a President who has denied climate change and who may withdraw our country from the Paris climate agreement, which was barely adequate to begin with.

How To Be Happy Now in Three Simple Steps

Honey Good | Posted 11.05.2016 | Women
Honey Good

I wake up happy. It comes naturally. I look forward to facing my day with positivity. My outlook is fueled by optimism. I see my cup as half full. No...

Life is Good...Mostly

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 11.03.2016 | Good News
Melinda Wentzel

I own a handful of trendy t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan: LIFE IS GOOD. I wear them because they're ridiculously soft, they feature stick figures...

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 02.06.2017 | 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, criti...

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 12.04.2016 | 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 12.04.2016 | 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.