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Pessimism

Scientists Find Another Way Pooches Are Just Like People

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science

Some see the bowl as half-empty; for other dogs, it's half-full. At least that's what researchers at The University of Sydney in Australia say. The...

6 Things Every Optimist Believes

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living

What if the solution to being happier and healthier depended on how much liquid you thought was in a glass? If you approach reality with a glass-ha...

Is The Glass Half Full Or Half Empty? Answer: It Doesn't Matter

OWN | Posted 05.23.2014 | OWN

It's the age-old question: Is the glass half full, or half empty? According to happiness researcher Shawn Achor, it doesn't matter. "Our entire bra...

7 Tricks To Banish Negativity

Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Strategic optimists and defensive pessimists succeed under different circumstances. If you're a defensive pessimist, or you're attempting to motivate one, the strategies that prove effective are often the reverse of what you expect.

3 Ways Shifting Your Expectations Can Lower Stress

meQuilibrium | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

Your outlook is a product of your own relationship with expectation. What will or won't happen, no one knows. And how we deal with the stress of not knowing, whether to hope for the best or expect the worst, the idea that our expectations always directly affect an outcome is little more than magical thinking.

How to Find Happiness

Charlie Kim | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Charlie Kim

Jim Loehr through all his years of research found a simple formula of how happiness is derived: 50/10/40.

5 Unconscious Habits That Block Your Inner Peace

Pamela Dussault | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Pamela Dussault

There are many different ways to attain inner peace, tranquility and serenity. Practicing meditation, affirmations and breath work are a few good ones. However, sometimes hidden blockages exist that may prevent you from attaining that inner calm you seek.

Why Won't Those Negative Thoughts Go Away?

Jon Wortmann | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

Do you have that negative voice in your head, the one that just won't go away and keeps telling you what a mess you are? If so, it doesn't mean you're crazy. In fact, it actually means you're programmed well to stay alive.

An Actual Payoff Of Pessimism?

Posted 05.05.2013 | Healthy Living

By Christie Wilcox for YouBeauty.com Take a moment and think about where you will be in five years. What will change between now and then? What wil...

Our National Optimism Deficit

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Everywhere I look I encounter yet more doom and gloom among people who should be out there inspiring us to greater things. I perceive a general angst that we are adrift, that our ship of state has struck a reef and is foundering in a turbulent sea.

You'll Never Walk Alone

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Both the play and the article made me wonder about the role of choice when it comes to seeing the glass as half full or half empty. Can we simply decide to be positive and then we'll feel better?

Want A Longer, Healthier Life? Try Being More Pessimistic

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

Woody Allen, who once said "life is divided between the horrible and the miserable," may actually have something to cheer about. Older people who ...

Here's Something to Really Worry About -- More of Us Are Worried

David Ropeik | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

It is hardly news that America has become more divided. But this survey offers fresh support that these divisions are not about gun control or abortion or any of the individual issues we fight about, but about deeper dissatisfactions and worries.

The Time-Saving Rule That Most People Think Is Stupid

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

I admit it, I have a blind spot; I have a hard time spotting bad intent. But viewing the world through a lens of mistrust creates problems, as well. When you walk around expecting people to treat you badly, they usually do.

Who Are the World's Top Pessimists?

John Feffer | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Bulgarians are proud to be pessimistic. Many of the people that I recently interviewed in the country spoke with pride of the various polls that bore out this depressing conclusion.

A Little Bit of Negativity Hurt No One...

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Tarun Sakhrani

The other day someone told me that I was being a "Negatron." I guessed what it meant, but sought clarification; I was told that I needed to learn to be more positive, that I needed an attitude adjustment. My first reaction was defensive: "No way! I'm not negative!"

10 Ways To Overcome Negative Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.11.2012 | Teen

It's tough to argue against the power of positive thinking. A multitude of studies, data and anecdotal evidence supports the notion that optimists exp...

Glass Half-Full: How To Be A Little Less Cynical

Lisa Firestone | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Ultimately, it is always in our own self-interest to be open and vulnerable rather than to be nasty or write people off. The only person we can control is ourselves. When we get cynical, we are the ones who suffer.

How I've Found Happiness In Midlife

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

Like most families together for the holidays, we spend the first hours going over the updates: who died, who went bankrupt, who needs surgery. Given enough time and liquor, this can easily become a competition: whose disaster story is worse?

Half Empty Or Half Full?

Brad Reid | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Brad Reid

Certainly strong arguments may be developed for both sides of the debate. One may assert, however, that religious doctrines are inherently optimistic.

Obama or Romney? The Pessimist Will Lose

Meghan Keener | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Meghan Keener

It's likely that the political advisors, handlers, and speechwriters know that Americans have been casting our votes for hope for decades now -- and engineer the campaigns to maximize it.

Why I Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

We don't often take notice of the things that make our lives easier, but they are silently there, providing a balance for all those little annoyances.

The Most Pessimistic Countries In The World

24/7 WallSt. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Lisa Nelson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

War, economic crisis, poverty, disease and overpopulation threaten the well-being of people all over the planet, and yet most people are confident tha...

Does 'The Newsroom' Have Something to Offer the Sick Room?

Russ Gerber | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Russ Gerber

While there are plenty of reasons given for the growing pessimism, there's an important case to be made for shifting one's focus and fostering an optimistic worldview.