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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...

Pessimism Is Rife, Optimism Naive. What's Left?

Chris Kutarna | Posted 08.09.2016 | 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.

Stoking Optimism in a Darkening World

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.31.2016 | 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 Republican National Convention Makes Me Proud To Be A Democrat

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

In looking at the regressive platforms of the party, the pessimistic, hate-filled rhetoric of its speakers, the racism and xenophobia of its members, and, most egregiously, the repugnance and incompetence of its now-officially nominated candidate, I can only pity the person who has somehow, inexplicably, unfathomably, hitched a ride on this particular train.

America Should Not Vote With Anger

Robert Alexander | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Alexander

There has undoubtedly been a lot of "mourning in America," but it is not all doom and gloom. Frustration and anger are not necessarily bad, but making decisions based out of fear, misinformation, or emotion is. Let's do better America.

How about a dose of optimism?

Erik Solheim | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Erik Solheim

2015 was the best year throughout the history for most people. There was no lack of negative comments by the end of 2015. Both media and politician...

The Power of Perspective

Erin Smith | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

We often wonder if what we say to our children makes an impact or if it goes into one ear and out the other. I was delighted to hear from my babysitter the next day that my daughter had mentioned our discussion and how it made sense to her and that she was going to try and focus on her many blessings.

Why Are Latinos More Likely to Be Happy?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.19.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Latin Americas and Scandinavians are more likely to be chipper than, say, the Chinese or the Iraqis (of course, there are very real non-genetic reasons for their respective unhappiness too). Is it possible, then, that as more Hispanics intermarry and intermingle and inter-you-know-what, they will spread their happiness genes among more and more Americans?

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-identifies as optimi...

Before You Give Someone Advice, Try This First

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.12.2016 | 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?

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 fascinating new...

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 06.01.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


How Do You Want to See the World?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.26.2016 | 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 05.18.2016 | 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.