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Pollyanna

Pollyanna Was Not an Optimist and Why Optimism Is the Best Strategy

Jurriaan Kamp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Jurriaan Kamp

All that most people know about Pollyanna is that calling someone that name is not a good thing. It is an effective way to discourage someone from undertaking something overly optimistic. But few people know the full story.

Positive Reinforcement vs. Positive Thinking (And Why Pollyanna Would've Sucked at Dog Training)

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Jane Grossman

Positive, in the world of animal behavior, means adding something. Reinforcement means making something more likely to occur. So, "positive reinforcement" just means adding something to the equation to encourage that a behavior will happen again.

Two Words

Sonya Denyse | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sonya Denyse

Savoring the sorrow of life could seem antithetical to moving forward. Yet, I found that embracing sorrow has strengthened my resolve.

Conversations with Melanie and Steve Forbert, Plus Noah Chenfeld's 'Suddenly End'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.23.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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A Campaign for Civility: The Virtue of Being Nice in Political Discourse

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With the Republican convention past and the Democratic convention upon us, it seems like a ripe time to ponder the tenor of public discourse.

Pan Am: A Dream Job

Helen Davey | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Helen Davey

I can assure ABC that former Pan Am'ers will be watching their new television series en masse in hopes that the writers will be able to capture even a little bit of the spirit of glamour and adventure that our company represented.

The Perils And Possibilities Of Pollyanna

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

While one cannot reject the benefits of looking on the bright side, there are obvious concerns that arise with this approach when the "Happiness Channel" is the only one permitted.