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Realistic Optimism

Finding Home as a Homeless, Transgender Youth

Bentley Burdick | Posted 03.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Bentley Burdick

With that core knowledge of who I am, who I was and who I want to be, I always know that no matter what I might lose I will always have that. To this day it's still my one solid 'truth.'

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...

8 Habits Of Perpetually Positive People

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Ever notice how some people just seemingly have a bright outlook on life -- even when everything isn't exactly on the sunny side? You know those pe...

Carolyn Gregoire

The Surprising Downside Of Looking On The Bright Side | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living

As a culture, we love to tout the power of positive thinking. We're told to look on the bright side, focus on the good, and reach for the stars. We lo...

How to Be Positive and Realistic, at the Same Time

Tom Fox | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Kathy Cramer is a psychologist and leadership consultant who specializes in helping leaders and their teams make small shifts in thinking to produce l...

Why I May Not Believe in Marriage

Robin Hoffman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Women
Robin Hoffman

It's entirely possible that my outlook could change in a half an hour or tomorrow or in three years. I might reach a point where it makes sense to me and also feels right, but there's no way I can know that now.

February Check-In: 2 Ways To Reboot Your Resolutions

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Real change can be hard to come by, and it's tempting to want to start lowering expectations, or throw in the towel on your goal completely. But don't despair, because it's not too late to push the reset button and try tackling those goals again.

How to Be a Successful Federal Leader

Tom Fox | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Tom Fox

There are three attributes that I think best enable a leader to maximize the efforts of the 21st century workforce: realistic optimism, subservience to purpose and finding order in chaos.

How To Be An Optimist Without Being Unrealistic

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

To be successful, you need to understand the very vital difference between believing you will succeed, and believing you will succeed easily. It's the difference between being a realistic optimist and an unrealistic optimist.

The Secret To Making Positive Thinking Work

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

If you can dream it, you probably can do it -- you just need to be prepared for some hard work along the way.