Category: Optimism

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Posted by davidjsinger - November 8, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve written many times about what I call Proactive Positivity, actions you can take to help yourself to be happier, such as: expressing gratitude, smiling, helping others, exercising, spending time with people you like, looking for silver linings, being present, seeing the glass as half full, celebrating your progress, laughing, having fun, pursuing your passions, […]

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What Procrastination & Pessimism Have in Common

Posted by davidjsinger - September 27, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Organized, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Optimism, Organization, Positivity, Well-Being
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I was reading The Undoing Project, the latest book by one of my favorite authors, Michael Lewis. It’s about two psychologists / behavioral economists, Amos Tversky & Daniel Kahneman. I’ve written here before about their work after I read Kahneman’s amazing book, Thinking Fast and Slow. This excerpt from the Lewis book struck me: Amos […]

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Leaning in to Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - March 29, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, lost her husband to a tragic accident. Sandberg, who is quite famous for her book, Lean In, is writing a book with Adam Grant, the author of two of my favorite recent books, Give and Take and Originals. In a commencement speech at the University of California at […]

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Life is Good, a Happiness Book

Posted by davidjsinger - January 18, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve always liked the designs of the “Life is Good” t-shirts. I was recently given Life is Good, the Book, written by Bert and John Jacobs, founders of the Life is Good company. It’s a nice, happiness book, and an easy read. After explaining optimism as the philosophy behind their approach, and pointing to the […]

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Celebrating Your Progress

Posted by davidjsinger - December 21, 2016 - Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Optimism
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I write a lot about the importance of what I call Proactive Positivity. Because people have a natural ability to think about negative things, we need to work to offset that by being proactive about what’s positive in our lives. There many good positivity exercises, for example, daily (or weekly) lists of: things that made […]

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Why Do These Things Always Happen to Me?

Posted by davidjsinger - May 6, 2015 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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Someone I know recently said to me, after a particularly frustrating turn of events in her life, “Why do these things always happen to me?” I know the right thing to do would have been to nod my head and say something about how sorry I feel for her. But that’s not one of my […]

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Happiness (Even) When Things Go Wrong

Posted by davidjsinger - April 22, 2015 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Friends, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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My wife and I were fortunate to take a wonderful trip to Europe to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We met in college and after we graduated we took a backpacking trip in Europe. We hadn’t been back since and the anniversary trip was a wonderful time, filled with many amazing experiences. This is the […]

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Proactive Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - August 20, 2014 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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My book, blog, newsletter, and speaking engagements are peppered with suggestions for ways to enhance your happiness. My recommended path to greater happiness is not a magical one where you can snap your fingers and change your life; my message is not “la-di-da, let’s just be happier.” What I recommend are concrete suggestions that lead […]

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Celebrate Your Progress, a Happiness Strategy

Posted by davidjsinger - December 31, 2013 - Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Habits, Happiness, Life is Long, Mindfulness, Optimism
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Note: Once again this week I am posting on a Tuesday instead of my usual Wednesday because of the holiday… With a new year upon us, here is an updated version of a post I did last year at this time. New Year’s Day is a time when many people make resolutions. If you’ve read […]

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Simple Steps to Feeling Happier Instead of Down

Posted by davidjsinger - October 2, 2013 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Health, Optimism, Well-Being, Wellness
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This is a guest post by Morgan Johnson. A couple of years ago, as a result of an unsuccessful marriage and stressful job,  I found myself suffering from a prolonged period of feeling very down. Fortunately, after months of self-regret, and living in a house which looked more like a disaster than a home, I […]

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