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Searching for the Most Hopeful Teacher in America

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:29 PM

Hopeful students are more likely to go to school, engage in learning, and make good grades. And we now know where some of these high-hope students hang out. Gallup has identified 192 U.S. schools with a high-hope student body, based on Gallup Student Poll results from more than 1,700 schools....

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The International Pessimist Club Has Surprisingly Few Members

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Most people on the planet see the glass as half full, rather than half empty. That's according to a new analysis that my colleagues, Matt Gallagher and Sarah Pressman, and I put together based on 2009 Gallup World Poll data from 142 countries.

We measured optimism using Gallup's life...

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How High Schools Win the Gold Medal in Academic Performance

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 1:33 PM

By Tim Hodges and Shane J. Lopez

U.S. News & World Report recently teamed up with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) -- a behavioral and social science research organization -- to find out which high schools are the best in America, ranking them gold, silver, or...

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Why Your Physician Should Get Serious About Your Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 10:37 AM

We all complain about health care costs, but when we're sick we want ready access to the best care available. So none of us would trade a short cab ride to see an impeccably trained physician at a modern hospital for the health care we would get from a minimally...

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Why Hopeful Employees Are 14% More Productive

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 4:08 PM

American salespeople, Swiss mechanics, and Chinese factory workers all are more productive if they are hopeful. In an effort to learn more about the universality and nature of the hope-productivity link, I worked with a team of researchers to meta-analyze more than fifty studies on hope and work. We were...

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Making Hope Happen

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:48 PM

One Friday night in 1978 my mom stopped by our favorite restaurant, Joe's Drive-In, to pick up fried chicken and sides. As usual, the chicken was delicious. So we were all surprised when my brother, sister, and I got a gut-wrenching, dehydrating case of food poisoning. My dad called Sonny,...

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How to Bridge the Generational Hope Divide

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:19 AM

Almost all fifth- through 12th-graders -- 95 percent -- say it is likely they will have a better life than their parents. However, in a separate Gallup poll, half of U.S. adults aged 18 and older say they doubt today's youth will have a better life than their parents.


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American Parents Are Not Powerless When It Comes to Violence Prevention

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Powerless -- that was my gut feeling when I heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Though we live 1,000 miles away, I had a sudden need to keep my son safe, but besides checking him out of his elementary school to take him home early,...

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Why We Should Care What Students Think

(10) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 5:38 PM

For the 55.5 million K-12 students in the U.S., the vast majority of their waking hours are spent in a classroom. Many parents attempt to find out about their child's day when they come home, but getting details about what happened hours ago in school isn't easy. Most...

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Ready or Not, Here They Come

(13) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Most American high school students are not ready for college, according to two reports released last week. ACT's report on The Condition of College and Career Readiness and the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on public education find high school students lack both the knowledge and skills needed to...

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Hope and Happiness Delayed for the Indebted Generation

(7) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 5:15 PM

"We are going to pay off Daddy's student loans!" My son, 6 years old at the time, knew it was big deal. He was sharing the news with everyone we passed on our walk to the post office. That happy memory is quite fresh. I finished paying my loans in...

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