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  • Monday, January 13, 2020 7:21 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "There's nothing more invigorating to an Optimist than an Existential Challenge!"
    Carmen A Medina

  • Sunday, January 12, 2020 6:01 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Trump has manifested his characteristic whimsical spells shifting from Panglossian #optimism to Cynic pessimism."
    Osama Rizvi

    People sometimes ask me whether Donald Trump is an optimist.  

    Osama Rizvi writing in moderndiplomacy has an interesting turn of phrase on this question.  Thinking about the China USA trade talks, Osama writes, "Consider the buildup to the current status: There have been more or less 13 meetings between the world economic juggernauts – China and the U.S. share a total of 40 percent of global GDP –to resolve their economic scrum. Trump has manifested his characteristic whimsical spells shifting from Panglossian optimism to Cynic pessimism. Chinese negotiators have reciprocated the fickleness but nevertheless have played along well. Recently, after the half-cooked “Phase One” (or mini deal), many observers and analysts are betting on a more comprehensive trade deal."

    See the full article

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 7:21 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Positive psychology for lawyers: Implementation and adoption of more helpful thinking"

    A useful article by Jerome Doraisamy about an interview with Dr. Tim Sharp.

    Thanks for the heads-up, Robert Nicholson!

    Jerome writes, "Being optimistic is a mindset, Dr Happy posited... It’s a way of thinking, which comes naturally to some people, but which others might need to or might benefit from developing. And now this isn’t the same as positive thinking. It is about looking for the good. It overlaps a bit with gratitude and appreciation, but it’s also about facing up to the cold hard realities in a constructive way and a practical way,” he said.

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:02 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Read the excellent column by Douglas Coupland in FT on why the fate of the ozone layer should give us hope and optimism on climate change!

    Douglas writes in part about a California dinner party, "  The dinner guests were expressing a new form of ecological logic: “We can only have hope if we have no hope,” or, “The moment we have hope, we’ll let our guards down and then we really will lose the war.”

    "But wait, you already decided in advance the war was unwinnable to begin with. I don’t think this phenomenon has a name yet. Let’s call it noptimism.

    "My noptimistic inquisition took place in November 2019, the same month and year in which the 1982 film Blade Runner was set — the jewel in the crown of dystopian cinematic futures: dark, perpetually raining and plagued with androids. And yet there we were in November 2019 and . . . if nothing else, 2019 was definitely not the mess it was once supposed to have been. The sky is still blue and people have more access to information than ever. Engines are running. Wheat fields aren’t growing thin. It’s a decreasingly nuclear era — and yet there’s all of this harsh noptimism going on. In my lifetime I’ve seen acid rain and the ozone hole fixed, so I truly believe we can and will fix global warming

    "This got me to wondering, why does everyone shit on optimists? You can do or say anything you want to optimists without any repercussion, and that seems really screwed up. An optimist’s sole crime is that they possess hope."

  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 5:40 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "nurturing a culture of #optimism, curiosity, and collaboration from their offices in Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Tallahassee"

    I like this comment about what they do in a press release from the digital agency alma.

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 6:01 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Think of three things you're grateful for before going to bed or when you get up"
    Dr. Stephen Kopecky, Mayo Clinic Cardiologist in "How positivity helps your heart"


  • Friday, January 10, 2020 5:59 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    "Remember and relive the good moments with people you care about. See the big picture. Everything is improving in our world except our ability to hope. Look for a good story to balance the bad news you ingest every day. Use the “negativity effect” as a teaching tool, not a weapon used to beat yourself down. And most importantly, do no harm."

    Pat Orr in "Around Town: The power of negative thinking"

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 5:51 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Padraig O'Morain's article. "Why I’m looking on the bright side for 2020" is worth reading.

    Padraig writes, "I have often mentioned that I am a pessimist by nature, but the only resolution I’m making this year is to spend more time on the sunny side of the street. If you are stuck for a new year’s resolution, you might consider doing the same."

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  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 5:54 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    On South Africans: "our private optimism is contrasted with a persistent and pervasive public pessimism"
    SiSebenza's Andrew Robinson

    See full article

  • Thursday, January 09, 2020 5:19 AM | Victor Perton (Administrator)

    Being more optimistic lowers the risk of CVD and early death.

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