Optimists have a tendency to make lemonade out of lemons, and to then see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It's an admirable quality, one that can positively affect mental and physical health. Some optimists consistently ascribe benevolent motives to others and interpret situations in the best possible light; others simply disassociate their internal mood from external circumstances, no matter how sticky. Adding in a bit of complexity, the latest research shows that tempering a sunny disposition with a small dose of realism or even pessimism might be the best way to build resilience and achieve one's goals.

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How Agile Are You?

Are you experiencing change fatigue? Learn the secrets of what mentally agile people do to keep from getting swallowed by the chaos of today.

Some Positives

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in How To Do Life
An antidote to today’s worry-filled mindset.

Why Sisyphus's Punishment Differs from the Human Condition

Camus's claim that our lives are similar to Sisyphus's absurd life is wrong and harmful.
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The Power of the Imagination in Early Recollections

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on January 27, 2018 in Dawn of Memories
The capacity of the imagination in understanding life's first memories.

Overconfidence

By Don A. Moore Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in Perfectly Confident
We are all vulnerable to it.

How Young Are You?

What if you could convince your body that you are younger than you actually are? It may be worth trying.

The Number-One Way to Overcome Infidelity

Moving past infidelity means forgiving the unforgivable. Yet research indicates that forgiveness-inspired relational commitment predicts whether the relationship will survive

4 Ways to Achieve Meaning and Purpose in Your Life

What really makes happiness last? Having meaning and purpose in your life. Find out the four factors that make up meaning and purpose.

Trusting Myself This Year

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in Trust
Why do we return to our failed resolutions year after year? Self-trust can help.

Positive Psychology in Martial Arts

Martial arts does not just teach us how to kick and punch. It provides a strong basis for living with positive psychology foundational principles.

Morality Is Objective

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on December 23, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Many people think that morality varies from culture to culture, person to person. But morality is as objective as mathematics or physics.

How Mentally Strong People Think (It's Not Always Positive)

There's a lot to be said for positive thinking, but it won't make you mentally strong. Here's how to train your brain to think differently.

Maintaining Positivity in Difficult Times

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Boundless
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A Six Stage Tool to Stop Self-Pressuring

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 24, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Learning to self-govern and achieve goals by easing up on oneself rather than cracking the whip takes hard work and concerted effort. But faster fixes fail.

Expressing the Inner Voice May Bring Benefits

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals more about the promise of positive self-talk.

Do Optimists Live Longer?

By David Rosen on November 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
Do optimists live longer? Research into how optimism influences our response to health threats and our attitude to risk-taking behaviour throws up some fascinating insights.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Transform a Negative Experience

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 05, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Negative moments are inevitable, whether they come from outside ourselves, our perceptions, or our interpretations. Transforming them with creativity or kindness shows love.

Gambling With Natural Disasters

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Optimism Challenge Conclusion

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Boundless
Optimism enables the belief that life is worth living.

Why Get Out of Bed?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 16, 2017 in One True Thing
What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.

Feel the Wind at Your Back

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Happy Trails
Consider a new type of gratitude question.

It Won't Take Long

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
Do those in power estimate the time things will take to be completed more than those not in power?

Elevating the Patient Voice: The Value of Hope

By Joanne Buzaglo, Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in The Patient’s Voice
Hope is key to our existence, to our ability to persevere, and to achieve goals. We discuss the value of hope for cancer patients.

De-crazifying Crypto, Part II: An Open Letter to Wall Street

By Moses Ma on September 19, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
Bitcoin may end up a bubble, but the total market cap for all blockchain ventures in a decade could be in the hundreds of billions. So focus on blockchains, not bitcoins.

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By Susan Reynolds on September 19, 2017 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Participants on the “positive” side reflected stronger connectivity associated with higher cognitive functions, including memory, language, introspection, and imagination.

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You Can Learn to Be Happy and More Optimistic. Really.

By Peter Lambrou Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Codes to Joy
Who doesn't want to be happier and more optimistic about life?

If suicides are going up, can bullying be going down?

By Izzy Kalman on August 30, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
A highly publicized study finds that bullying is going down, while other research shows that youth suicide is dramatically escalating - how are the contradictory findings possible?

The Optimism Challenge, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Boundless
More ways to live a more positive life.