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Positive Thinking

Is the Mad Men Finale a Litmus Test for Optimism?

Stephanie Weaver | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Weaver

Having watched the show since the beginning, I was fascinated to see it end. I read the commentary about how the show wrapped up, whether the characte...

What We Can Learn From Graduation Season

Michelle Zarrin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Zarrin

The truth is, what we focus on will expand. If our main focus is on how much more we have yet to achieve, we will come from a place of lack and continue to expand on that mindset. However, if we focus on all that we have accomplished, we will come from a place of abundance, and continue to build on that mindset.

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.

The Bubbling Tea Cup of Consciousness

Michael Neill | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

If I am experiencing the world as a scary place and am caught up in feelings of insecurity, frustration, and hopelessness, that is a direct reflection of some fairly low quality thinking. If I am experiencing a world of possibility coupled with a general sense of well-being, that is a direct reflection of some fairly high quality thinking.

Best Career Advice, I Received in my Early Years: Beyond Content

Karthik Rajan | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

My early days after graduation were a struggle of a different kind -- not subject matter expertise but having deep meaningful conversations on technical subjects. My work centered on core analytics -- statistics and related technical subjects.

On Thinking About Things Cosmically

Gretchen Kuhsel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Kuhsel

It's important to put things in a broader perspective and take yourself out of the moment. Is the current situation going to help you in the long run? Most likely. When you think about events in a cosmic sense, it's easier to find a silver lining or lesson to be learned.

Astoria Characters: The Be-Positive Being

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.18.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Fast and furious, the rain falls. Brianna Mercado, wearing a shirt the color of sunshine, is intently watching it through the living room window. There's not a tear in her eyes. In fact, there's a serene smile on her face.

Believing in Afghanistan

Mina Sharif | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Mina Sharif

Last week I went to a new restaurant. On my way home, I stopped and got some fresh French baked goods. Later the same day, I got an email about a brand new international standard salon that I should check out.

Why Chess?

John Koshy | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
John Koshy

If you favor intelligence over strength, then think chess. Unlike some other games, chess does not rely on luck, muscular strength or brute force. It is a brain over brawn exercise and an exquisite art form that has existed for more than 1500 years.

Come What May

Daniel Horgan | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniel Horgan

And while you may find comfort in the moment, the spiraling effect of this negativity and self-pity will result in a lens through which you start to view everything around you. Now imagine an alternative mindset and action plan that you commit to embracing that propels you forward and positions you as an example for others to follow.

H3Ripple Experiment: Harmonious Happy Human Ripple

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 04.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

It's Saturday morning, the first one in April, and the sun is shining. The weekend celebrates Easter and Passover. Good moods have a way of swirling l...

UVA's Need to Shout for Solidarity

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Andrew Isaac Burrill

Although the University of Virginia has gone through so much darkness this year, we have to remember that in times of doubt and despair, we must come together as a community and strive to do better through notable action.

Say Goodbye to the Itty Bitty Shitty Committee

Catherine Burns | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Burns

A few weeks ago I was presenting with a friend and colleague to Bermuda's Business and Professional Women's Association. As well as being a pink sandy...

Why Well-Being Is a Skill That Can Be Learned

Richard J. Davidson | Posted 04.23.2015 | World
Richard J. Davidson

We need to shift our thinking about well-being from a static "thing" to a set of skills that can be learned and cultivated over time -- a notion supported by a growing body of scientific evidence I've outlined as an author of this year's World Happiness Report.

6 Sh*tty Post-Divorce Realities And Their Awesome Silver Linings

Patti Murin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Divorce
Patti Murin

I had great days followed by weeks of not wanting to leave my house or speak to anyone who wasn't delivering me pizza, wine or bacon egg and cheese sandwiches. Finding silver linings was imperative, or I would have curled up in a ball and never gotten up again.

Welcome to Cancer Land

Holly Cara Price | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Holly Cara Price

Cancer has changed my life in every conceivable way. What I had considered important became not so much. Other things -- family, friends, long summer afternoons, laughter -- suddenly became extremely important.

5 Reasons To Look Forward To A 'Work Week'

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

My bosses do not draw with markers on their bodies or the wall. This is great news for many reasons, but mainly because it means that I will not be asked to scrub faces, arms or walls to remove marker for the majority of the week.

9 Thoughts That Are Holding You Back In Life

Jodie Rogers | Posted 04.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jodie Rogers

1. I'm not good enough This is a core limiting belief. At some point this one comes and bites us all. It's powerful and deep rooted. I've seen this b...

Remember, Everything Is Neutral -- The Meaning Is in What You Attach to It

Amanda Gore | Posted 04.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Gore

This post might be a challenge for some! But maybe not! It's main premise is that most of our stress comes from our thinking! Not from the events or ...

I'm With Stupid: You Have to Believe We Are Magic

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.10.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I've been on a bit of a rant for the past month here at "I'm With Stupid," and I think maybe it's not the best thing for my blood pressure. Thus, I've decided to take a week off from ranting to focus on more positive things.

An Ode To The Shameless Self-Promoter

Julia Schemmer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I don't know about you, but I get so excited when I see my friends living their dreams on Facebook or Twitter! By posting what you've been up to, you are involving your entire circle into the process of making your dream a reality.

3 Steps to Mindfully Shift Negative Thoughts and Feelings

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

In Buddhism, we say that a constrictive quality of mind keeps mind flow within a narrow range of awareness, while mindfulness allows us to drop our limitations and ultimately enter the creative space of open mind.

Importance of Self-Care

Nishma Shah | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Nishma Shah

I always knew that my children would be my biggest teachers. I am grateful for this recent lesson that has set me free. I am looking forward to enjoying this new space that has been created. I know that through unpredictability, I will create possibility.

Thanks In Advance

Patrika Mani | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrika Mani

Steve Maraboli wrote, "It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess."

The One Thing You Need for Positive Change

Diane Passage | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Passage

Addressing negative thoughts is the genuine catalyst to constructive improvements in mood, outlook and more. When you understand where the skepticism is coming from, you become more empowered.