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Happiness

Optimists rank high in happiness surveys

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...

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...

MaryEllen Salamone Focuses on Unity of 9/12 Not Terror of 9/11

MaryEllen Salamone Focuses on Unity of 9/12 Not Terror of 9/11

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, so much was covered on the deadly terrorist attacks and in remembering the loss of so many lives on that horrific day. MaryEllen Salamone lost her husband John on that day in 2001....

Optimistic Wisdom I Wish I’d Learned as a Teenager

So many times, adults tell me, “I wish I had learned this as a teenager!” As a gift to today’s young adults, I want to share with you some wisdom worth learning. We all know that you hold our...

Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews Lives the Optimism Advantage

Watching this year’s Super Bowl was not too difficult for me; I have been a fan of both teams at times in my life. Although I knew it would be a close game, I had picked the Green Bay...

Ted Williams Turns Faith and Optimism into a Second Chance

Ted Williams Turns Faith and Optimism into a Second Chance

Watching the prodigal return of Ted Williams to his mother on Good Morning America today was a great way to start the day. The rags-to-riches story of Ted Williams, the down-and-out homeless man and ex-con with the golden voice,...

New Years — Blank Pages in a Book Called Opportunity

New Years — Blank Pages in a Book Called Opportunity

On this day of new beginnings, I’m reminded of the words of Edith Lovejoy Pierce: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and...

“Stand By Me” Speaks to a World in Need of Community

As I discussed in The Optimism Advantage, music and community are critical to maintaining your own optimism advantage. No song communicates that better than the classic standard “Stand By Me,” originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers and...

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