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"Optimism" Blog Posts

April 26, 2022

Having Hope: Motivator, Comfort or a Curse? – #MTtalk Roundup

"The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we're brave enough to be it." Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate Generally, we know the word "hope" as a feeling that things will work out or that an event or experience […]

February 10, 2022

Human Nature: Not as Bad as We Think We Are

"People collaborated to survive. Groups appointed leaders because they had useful skills, not because they were dominant." - Simon Bell

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July 8, 2021

Will I Be Happy in the New Normal? - Mind Tools Expert Voices

"Expert Voices" is our new podcast series, gathering together insights and ideas from a range of experts. In episode one we hear about tactics to foster happiness in the "new normal"

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June 23, 2020

The Gratitude Habit — #MTtalk Roundup

If you had told me a year ago that I wouldn't see my husband for four months, I probably would have said, "You'll bury me. I won't make it."

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May 7, 2020

Lockdown: How Are You Coping? – Your Top Tips

Thanks to COVID-19, we are all now living in a world that was beyond imagination just a few short weeks ago. For most of us, nothing in our old lives could have prepared us adequately for lockdown. Yes, we are all caught in the same storm

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April 16, 2020

The Catalyst Effect: Lighting a Spark of Self-Belief

At 45, I decided to give up my teaching job and enroll in a journalism course. My first pitch landed me a short documentary for national radio. My producer Alexis had believed in my ability to succeed

April 14, 2020

Handling Pessimism – #MTtalk Roundup

Some people see the glass as half full. Others see it as half empty. And then there are people who don't worry about half full or half empty – they're worried about dropping the glass. I wonder if all families and offices have a pessimist in their midst?

February 1, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work

Annie McKee, Ph.D is an adviser on happiness to leaders of multinational companies and governments around the globe. So I was surprised to learn that, not so very long ago, she was cleaning houses and waiting tables. These are not jobs designed to make people happy. McKee mentions those early career experiences in her new […]

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September 13, 2017

Your Top Tips on How to Make a Bad Day Better

Wouldn't it be great if every day could be a "walk in the park?" Unfortunately, sometimes you will have those days when you groan, "Why me?" Well, because bad days happen! Now for the good news. While you can't always avoid bad days, you can decide how to deal with them. Some people skulk around, chewing […]

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February 2, 2015

Embrace the Dark Side!

I recently interviewed the German psychologist Gabriele Oettingen about her WOOP motivation method, which switches the focus from dreams to the obstacles that block those dreams. It’s an interesting take on positive psychology, and refreshing, too. The well-worn theme that happiness will get you everywhere is beginning to ring a bit dull, probably because I’ve […]

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