Posts Tagged ‘optimist’

Positive thinking: Practice this stress management skill

July 2, 2008

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing with some examples provided.

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic.

In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect how well you live and even how long you live.

With this in mind, take a refresher course in positive thinking. Learn how to put positive thinking into action. Positive thinking is a key part of an effective stress management strategy. (more…)

The Optimist’s Handbook

June 26, 2008

Miserable world. Miserable life. Switch on the TV. It’s all doom and gloom. Newspapers are crammed with depressing stories… but is the situation really that bad?

Nick Inman has drawn together a collection of inspiring, thought-provoking ideas for the reader to contemplate. He argues that our world view is too often skewed towards the negative and that we should use optimism to see a more balanced picture of reality.

Optimism, he suggests, is an attitude of hopefulness. It leads to progress and problem-solving. It is the quality of the activist, the campaigner and the world-changer. It looks towards co-operation and compromise and not confrontation.
“We don’t live in a perfect world but it’s better than we seem to think,” Nick says. “My book doesn’t ask you to believe anything – just read the facts and make up your own mind.”

Beautifully designed, The Optimist’s Handbook consists of alphabetically arranged topics, about which there is something positive to say. It offers a hard-nosed look at serious issues as well as the comical aspects of life. Read it and smile!

The Optimist’s Handbook
by Nick Inman
Website: www.harriman-house.com