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Q&A With Ramez Naam: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Doom yourself to horrific climate change by burning all that carbon and releasing all that CO2. Or power down society, reducing total energy usage around the planet. One leads to ecological collapse. The other is a reversion, in many ways, to poverty."

Rabble Rousing Optimists: Sinclair and Schrode

Erin Schrode | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Erin Schrode

What happens when a classically trained British architect develops an interest in social, cultural, and humanitarian design? Architecture for Humanity is born.

The Power of Color

James Bryson Hyatt | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
James Bryson Hyatt

"Green is the color of optimism." A friend of mine (an English professor who teaches writing and composition to freshmen students) tells me this on a...

Imagine a World Without ALS

Nell Tredway Hardy | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Nell Tredway Hardy

For anyone out there who donates to find a cure, thank you! This is about living, taking the next step, beating the odds. Fifteen people are diagnosed with ALS every day. Don't let this disease happen to you or your spouse. Or your neighbor. Or your child. The cure is closer than ever.

Overcoming Emotions That Hold Us Back

Faisal Hoque | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Emotions are a natural part of being a human being, and controlling them doesn't mean becoming a drone. However, how well we control our emotions drives how we treat others and ourselves.

7 Characteristics Associated With Long Life (And How To Cultivate Them)

Mark Sisson | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Sisson

As much as we focus on food and fitness as the "physical" arbiters of health and longevity, there appears to be much more to it. In fact, most research fails to find any grand commonalities in the diet and fitness patterns of the longest lived.

5 Little Things That Will Make Today A Better Day

Polly Campbell | Posted 08.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Each of these five things can help you shift your daily experience in small but profound ways, as they have mine. This spiritual salve will help you gain insight, peace, and clarity, and make it easier for you to deal with the next moment in a healthy way.

Three Elements Of Body-Soul Fitness

Brant Secunda and Mark Allen | Posted 08.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

When most people think of "fitness," they think of big muscles, speed and agility, or ideal body weight. But our definition of fitness needs a makeover. True fitness needs to include emotional and spiritual well-being, which provide the foundation for attaining a fit body.

10 Habits Of Highly Optimistic People

Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living

It pays to have a sunny disposition. Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower ris...

The International Pessimist Club Has Surprisingly Few Members

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

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 an...

More Than A Platitude, Praying For Others Promotes Hope, Optimism

David Briggs | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

My prayers are with you. From Pope Francis attempting to console the survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes to neighbors trying to comfort a friend with cancer, it is a familiar sentiment uttered whenever misfortune strikes. But what do those prayers mean?

What Is "Entrepreneurship" in the 21st Century?

Faisal Hoque | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Faisal Hoque

Most ventures fail. Most entrepreneurs make a lot less money than if they worked for someone else. The road to success is often long and lonely -- brutal hours; massive amounts of stress; and a huge amount of personal sacrifice. So, why would you want to become an entrepreneur?

Whatever You Focus on Expands

Sandy Henson Corso | Posted 07.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Sandy Henson Corso

There are so many good things in our lives -- way more good things than bad -- but all we talk about and worry about are all the problems.

The Choice

David Geller | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Geller

Time is our most precious and scarcest resource. For those dreams that require strength and stamina, remember that a dream delayed might become a dream denied. Instead of lamenting over what you can no longer do, focus on what you can do to add meaning and joy to your life.

11 Little Victories Worth Celebrating, Just Because

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

A "big" win isn’t the end-all when it comes to feeling good. Celebrating little victories -- the seemingly insignificant things that do go right ...

How Do You Deal With Your Feelings? It Could Impact Your Anxiety Levels

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living

How you deal with both positive and negative emotions could have big implications for your mental health. Emotional regulation -- whether you avoid yo...

The 5 Things You Should Never Do When You Apologize

Noah St. John | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah St. John

Want to know the right way to apologize -- and the wrong way? Watch this interview I did recently, and I'll give you five simple steps to apologize correctly.

Things I'm Noticing During Menopause

Laurie Ember | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty
Laurie Ember

I'm noticing that my friends mean more to me than they ever did. My children are now my best friends. My husband is still the love of my life. My dogs make me laugh on even the worst day.

6 Health Benefits Of Looking On The Bright Side

Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Do you see the proverbial glass half empty or glass half full? If you chose the latter, you're not alone -- most people around the world are optimisti...

How Can We Help Children Bounce Back?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Our task, as parents, is to recognize these common injuries and provide some healing of a child's discouragement and anger. Often, a simple acknowledgment of her disappointment or frustration is all that is necessary.

Empowering Ourselves Through Others

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Faisal Hoque

We need to make sure our people are ready for any changes, including the most unexpected, even unprecedented challenges, which have become the norm in a rapidly changing global marketplace and society.

I Don't Sing in the Shower Anymore

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I have so many people -- friends, family, Owen's teachers, doctors and therapists -- who tell me how well I handle everything going on in our lives. They have no idea about the middle-of-the-night Emergency Room visits when the stress of internalizing it all takes over my body.

Why We All Need a Little Magic in Our Lives

Menna van Praag | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Real life can be difficult enough, being too realistic will only make you depressed. The best way to deal with reality, in my experience, is to bring as much magic to it as possible!

Power Through Parkinson's

Tory Zellick | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

According to Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., the optimal response to Parkinson's disease is adopting an attitude of "life improvement" instead of disease management.

Growing a Small Business with 5 Essential Principles

Faisal Hoque | Posted 06.22.2013 | Small Business
Faisal Hoque

Behind every "overnight success" is a story of a person or a team toiling away for years, with very few people except themselves and perhaps a few friends and partners supporting them. Consider the following two stories.