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Yes We Can! Hope, Despair, and Hope Again in Health Care and American Politics

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Now that this major victory has been won in Congress today, I realize that what I really had at the start of Obama's term was not hope, but optimism. Optimism is a luxury for those who can afford to lose. Hope inspires endurance.

Shriram Harid

Despite Lack Of Work, Millennial Generation Remains Buoyant | Shriram Harid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The recession has created a dismal employment picture for 18- to 29-year olds, the worst since 1972. But despite that harsh economic reality, today's...


Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dora Levy Mossanen

The other night, I happened to attend the Chinese New Year event at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. The food was sumptuous, the décor inviti...

Evangelical Pessimists, Stop Trying to Convert Me!

Dr. Paula Bloom | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paula Bloom

We are each susceptible to the influences around us. It is important to realize this, and surround ourselves with happy, healthy thoughts.

Speak to the Soul of America, Mr. President

Stephen H. Dinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen H. Dinan

Whether someone is a Republican, Independent, or Democrat, they can feel when words are coming from a higher level. They may not agree. But they will listen.

Smoother Sailing Ahead?

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

I spent this past Saturday as an exhibitor at the New York Boat Show. And miracle of miracles, I was not alone! Throngs of people navigated the aisles all afternoon.

Why Latinos Are So Pessimistic About the Future

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, "Hispanics, not blacks, now are seen as the ethnic group facing the most discrimination."

The Power of Positive Negative Thinking

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

There are thoughtful folks among us like Joshua Foa Dienstag who says we should embrace, or at least, form an acquaintance with the alternative to positive thinking -- PESSIMISM!

Greeting the New Year

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Madeleine M. Kunin

This is time of year when we automatically wish people a "Happy New Year." But if we start to seriously think about what might happen in 2010, we may fall into despair -- unless of course we are optimists.

Reinventing Yourself In A Jobless Recovery

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

While the outlook for our country is getting brighter, the outlook for hundreds of thousands of individuals still seems bleak. What can you do if you're one of those folks whose job and/or company is gone forever?

Could You Just Get Over Your Negativity About Positive Focus?

Russell Bishop | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

It takes great courage to face adversity, imagine a better outcome, and then get off your butt and do something about it.

A Different Look at the Olympics From an Insider

Nikki Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Nikki Stone

I know how much pressure these athletes are under and how hard it is to compete under the scrutiny of the media, fans and spectators.

Bright-Sided: Smart Analysis Or Missing Something?

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barbara Ehrenreich's new book, Bright-Sided, has been the source of a great book review debate recently. Following eye-opening accounts such as Nickel...

The Pepsi Optimism Project: Tracking America's Outlook

Jill Beraud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jill Beraud

Curious minds and creative spirits have always fueled this country's angels. Our role as a corporate citizen is to provide the fuel additive to allow those angels to take flight.

The Swine Flu Vaccine Screw-Up: Optimism as a Public Health Problem

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

According to academic "positive psychologists," and legions of unlicensed life coaches, optimism wards off common illnesses and extends longevity. It turns out to be less than salubrious when it comes to public health.

Perfect Imperfection -- A Vision of a Translucent World

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Arjuna Ardagh

The threat to our world's stability comes from a collective expression of greed, embodied by global corporations, which put profit before integrity. Will you do something about it?

"I Have Lived a Blessed Time" - Senator Ted Kennedy

Carolyn Rubenstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Rubenstein

This is not news nor a headline. This is reality. And for the past 10 years (ages 14 to 24), I have faced the loss of young children and young adults after their own battles with cancer. Many of these individuals were very close to me.

3 Steps That Turn Hardship Into Hope

Carolyn Rubenstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Rubenstein

Various studies show that an optimistic mindset will lift your mood and might add years to your life. But how do you look on the bright side when life is really bleak?

BusinessWeek: 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Yvette Kantrow

BusinessWeek announced it would put out an issue on "The Case for Optimism" this month, explaining it's just as rational to see the economic glass as half-full. It hasn't brightened my mood.

The Fed, Da! Retail Sales, Nyet! Which Way Is Up?

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Economists, who are always cited but never quite right, it seems, expected a .1 percent gain in retail, excluding auto. Instead, the sector fell 6 percent. That qualifies as a surprise in any book.

Health Care and the Possibility of Change

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Seven months into the Obama presidency the GOP's biggest, and perhaps only, success has been drowning the optimism from earlier in the year in a pool of red baiting, misinformation, Nazi comparisons and intimidation.

Optimism Drives Americans Toward the Horizon

Frank Cooper III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Frank Cooper III

Americans remain an optimistic lot. Across all ages, races, sex, location and economic background, Americans are expressing a sense that their individual and collective action can and will move the world forward in a positive way.

Helping New Yorkers To Cope With The Recession

Stephen Josephson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stephen Josephson

Madison Avenue is beginning to look like swiss cheese, retail feels like a thing of the past and restaurants are eerily empty. However, there maybe a silver lining when it comes to psychological well-being.

18 Ways To Snap Out Of A Bad Mood | Jennifer Matlack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

You're in a lousy mood and want to feel better fast. What you need is a happiness fix--right now! Try one of these spirit-boosting tips to jump-start ...

Preaching Basketball Without the Baggage

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danny Groner

While trying to downplay differences in the world, Dave Cullen is doing his part to make a world of difference. The founder of Full Court Peace (FCP),...