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Optimism

Finding Happiness At 54 After A Lifetime Of Depression

Arlene Schindler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

After a lifetime filled with depression, disappointment and rejection, at age 54, happiness slammed me like a speeding train. This joyous collision contradicted everything I'd been prepared to expect. Surprisingly, with the onset of menopause, when my eggs dried up -- my life began!

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Tears for My Mom

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

It would have been easy for me as the officiating rabbi to try hide my emotions. However, when I revealed a layer of my soul I offered comfort and ignited the souls of everyone in the room.

Twilight of the Hardliners

Ian Bassin | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Things certainly look bleak in Washington as an extreme right-wing rump caucus has closed down our government all because a law was passed in the exact way prescribed by the Constitution, but all is not lost.

Your Optimism Needs A Dose Of Reality -- And Vice Versa

Inc. | Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living

According to Paralympic medalist Bonnie St. John, success comes from dreaming big while staying realistic and getting up when you get knocked down....

Be Influential, Holding Diverse Teams Together

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

The most powerful leaders in a connected, complex world may well be the ones who can recruit the right team fastest to solve a problem or capture an opportunity. Why not be one of those sought-after leaders?

10 Bright Lights That Will Bring You Joy

Posted 09.26.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

How to Find Happiness

Charlie Kim | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Charlie Kim

Jim Loehr through all his years of research found a simple formula of how happiness is derived: 50/10/40.

WATCH: 9/11 Responder's Foundation Still Helps Relief Workers

HooplaHa | Posted 11.10.2013 | Good News
HooplaHa

While volunteering during the cleanup of 9/11, 8,000 pounds of steel crushed John Feal's foot. He ended up starting the FealGood Foundation, a nonprof...

Biased by Hope

Andrew Morgan | Posted 11.09.2013 | Good News
Andrew Morgan

The future is far from bleak. In fact I believe it is now brighter than ever before. Not brightened by an absence of darkness, but rather by the growing belief in the constant presence of hope.

An Open Letter to Pessimists (AKA the Internet)

Joe Peacock | Posted 11.09.2013 | Weird News
Joe Peacock

I used to lament not being able to follow my dreams. But hey, I had to work. I had a house to pay for. I had two car notes. I had a wife to support. I had it all. Except happiness. I look back on it now, and I know that I had no idea how miserable a person I really was back then.

5 Life Lessons of a Pathological Optimist

Ryon Harms | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Ryon Harms

For me, the key is intention. It's not about the size of the risk, it's about why you take it. Take a big risk to make a lot of money and you may or may not succeed. Take an equally big risk to enrich others and the universe is sure to reward you in some unexpected way.

The Simple Habits Of Happy People

Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living

While there's no one-size-fits-all prescription for happiness (though it does seem we're getting closer), there are some habits common to those with a...

We Are Losing Words

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.12.2013 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

A Yale grad student is impulsively strangled by a co-worker. A young man leaving work near the main New York City post office accidentally bumps into ...

The Realization of Life

Faisal Hoque | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

"I have had my invitation to the world's festival, and thus my life has been blessed. My eyes have seen and my ears have heard. It was my part at thi...

Here's Your Quick Injection Of Joy For The Day

Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Inspiration From The Garden (PHOTOS)

Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

5 Steps to Making Happiness a Habit

Kare Anderson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

The second part of this story is a clincher for considering that happiness can be a choice. An elementary school teacher in rural Arkansas made a brac...

12 Tips for Staying Optimistic in Tough Times

Marlo Thomas | Posted 09.17.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

From taking care of your body, to slightly altering your word-choices, to surrounding yourself with laughter (my favorite tip, btw), all of us can live up to Charlie Chaplin's famous observation about happiness.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I

Q&A With Ramez Naam: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Doom yourself to horrific climate change by burning all that carbon and releasing all that CO2. Or power down society, reducing total energy usage around the planet. One leads to ecological collapse. The other is a reversion, in many ways, to poverty."

Rabble Rousing Optimists: Sinclair and Schrode

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Erin Schrode

What happens when a classically trained British architect develops an interest in social, cultural, and humanitarian design? Architecture for Humanity is born.

The Power of Color

James Bryson Hyatt | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
James Bryson Hyatt

"Green is the color of optimism." A friend of mine (an English professor who teaches writing and composition to freshmen students) tells me this on a...

Imagine a World Without ALS

Nell Tredway Hardy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Nell Tredway Hardy

For anyone out there who donates to find a cure, thank you! This is about living, taking the next step, beating the odds. Fifteen people are diagnosed with ALS every day. Don't let this disease happen to you or your spouse. Or your neighbor. Or your child. The cure is closer than ever.

Overcoming Emotions That Hold Us Back

Faisal Hoque | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Emotions are a natural part of being a human being, and controlling them doesn't mean becoming a drone. However, how well we control our emotions drives how we treat others and ourselves.