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Caring for Others Starts by Claiming Your Own Optimism Advantage Terry Paulson, PhD One of the most important but often forgotten tasks for caregivers is caring for themselves. Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. With an...

Circles® Helping People Out of Poverty and Into Earned Optimism

Circles® Helping People Out of Poverty and Into Earned Optimism

True optimism is earned. No one can give it to you. That is the problem with caring that translates into dependency trapping entitlements. But Circles® is a community-based initiative that is bringing hope to those in poverty who want...

by Terry Paulson on Jul 25, 2014
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With Gratitude Every Day Becomes Thanksgiving

With an annual day set aside for Thanksgiving, it’s easy to try to cram gratitude into one day. But why not cultivate the habit of daily gratitude to make every day Thanksgiving? Dennis Prager, author of Happiness Is a Serious...

by Terry Paulson on Nov 25, 2013
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Take Advantage of this “17 Principles of Success” Opportunity

Dear Optimistic Achiever, I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate the interest you’ve shown in the ideas I have shared with you on this blog. your interest means a lot to me. As a thank you, I’d like to...

by Terry Paulson on Oct 16, 2013
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Overcoming Adversity Produces Strength

Protective cocoons may work for caterpillars, but they don’t work for people. Shielding yourself from all of life’s natural pains and setbacks doesn’t allow you to gain the confidence that you need to cope with the even bigger challenges...

by Terry Paulson on Aug 09, 2013
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Share and Discuss the Life Lessons Your Teens Want to Learn

A country can only be as good as the citizens it develops, Calvin Coolidge alluded to that truth when he wrote On a Great Government: “If in a free republic a great government is the product of a great...

Control What You Can & Accept and Use What You Can’t

Cultivating optimistic attitudes and actions is not only the focus of many of my programs and books. It is important to me in handling all aspects of my life. One of its guiding truths that has served me well...

Humorous Speaker Notes Smiles Increase Your “Face Value”

Lee Mildon said, “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” This is not a defense for wearing old clothes, but it sure points to the value of a smile–to those who see it and those...

Resilience After Defeat Is Critical for Best NFL Pros

As fans settle in to watch their favorite NFL teams vie to reach the Super Bowl, there are lessons to be learned in victory and in defeat. As a speaker and author on optimism, one such lesson on resilience...

Those Regularly Attending Religious Services Are More Optimistic

Churchgoers are more likely to be optimistic. A new study published in the Journal of Religion and Health, found that those women who attend church, synagogue or any other religious service regularly have better chances of having a positive...

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