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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 ...

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...

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...

Want To Make More Money? Try Changing Your Attitude, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 06.02.2015 | Science

Being a cynic comes at a pretty high cost -- literally as well as figuratively. A cynical worldview has been linked with poor physical health as w...

Clap Trap

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.01.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


How Do You Want to See the World?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

My parents' caution was well-meaning, but it left me with a sense of anxiety and a pervasive belief that doom and catastrophe are always right around the corner.

4 Well-Intentioned Pieces of Advice That Rub Me The Wrong Way

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Christy Heitger-Ewing

We are quick to shift blame, point fingers and insist that we did nothing wrong, but I think if we're honest with ourselves, we would recognize that we all harbor some regret, and that's OK.

How 'Thank You' Changed My Life

Tami Shaikh | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Tami Shaikh

"Thank you" was a small thing to say but it had a huge impact on my brain. Every time I said the magical words, it was like someone had erased the memories of the horrible things happening in life.

What This Classic Pessimist Can Teach Us All About Happiness

Thai Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Thai Nguyen

In the same way being poor teaches us to appreciate wealth, having our hearts broken teaches us to love faithfully, struggle and failure magnifies our victories -- Eeyore's melancholy in a subtle way highlights the joys in life.

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

Julie Niehoff | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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.

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...

6 Things Every Optimist Believes

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living

What if the solution to being happier and healthier depended on how much liquid you thought was in a glass? If you approach reality with a glass-ha...

Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty? Answer: It Doesn't Matter

OWN | Posted 05.23.2014 | OWN

It's the age-old question: Is the glass half full, or half empty? According to happiness researcher Shawn Achor, it doesn't matter. "Our entire bra...

7 Tricks To Banish Negativity

Posted 11.13.2013 | 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...

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Strategic optimists and defensive pessimists succeed under different circumstances. If you're a defensive pessimist, or you're attempting to motivate one, the strategies that prove effective are often the reverse of what you expect.

3 Ways Shifting Your Expectations Can Lower Stress

meQuilibrium | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Your outlook is a product of your own relationship with expectation. What will or won't happen, no one knows. And how we deal with the stress of not knowing, whether to hope for the best or expect the worst, the idea that our expectations always directly affect an outcome is little more than magical thinking.

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.

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.

Why Won't Those Negative Thoughts Go Away?

Jon Wortmann | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Do you have that negative voice in your head, the one that just won't go away and keeps telling you what a mess you are? If so, it doesn't mean you're crazy. In fact, it actually means you're programmed well to stay alive.

An Actual Payoff Of Pessimism?

Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living

By Christie Wilcox for Take a moment and think about where you will be in five years. What will change between now and then? What wil...

Our National Optimism Deficit

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Everywhere I look I encounter yet more doom and gloom among people who should be out there inspiring us to greater things. I perceive a general angst that we are adrift, that our ship of state has struck a reef and is foundering in a turbulent sea.

You'll Never Walk Alone

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Both the play and the article made me wonder about the role of choice when it comes to seeing the glass as half full or half empty. Can we simply decide to be positive and then we'll feel better?

Want A Longer, Healthier Life? Try Being More Pessimistic

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

Woody Allen, who once said "life is divided between the horrible and the miserable," may actually have something to cheer about. Older people who ...

Here's Something to Really Worry About -- More of Us Are Worried

David Ropeik | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

It is hardly news that America has become more divided. But this survey offers fresh support that these divisions are not about gun control or abortion or any of the individual issues we fight about, but about deeper dissatisfactions and worries.

The Time-Saving Rule That Most People Think Is Stupid

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it, I have a blind spot; I have a hard time spotting bad intent. But viewing the world through a lens of mistrust creates problems, as well. When you walk around expecting people to treat you badly, they usually do.