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Overcoming Adversity

Optimists think differently to overcome adversity

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...

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...

True Optimists Are Realists

A recent article by Alina Tugend in the New York Times, Lean Toward the Sunny Side, but Don’t Overdo It, prompted a Linked In discussion on whether “moderate optimism” is better than “extreme optimism.” You don’t need to moderate...

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...

“Flash Foresight” by Daniel Burrus Will Help You Invent Your Future

The new economy is a dangerous and tremendously exciting place. But it’s unforgiving, and it measures human life in dog years. Three years wasted on the wrong pursuits, or, just as bad, in avoiding the right ones, leaves you...

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,...

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