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What lies around the bend

My mother was always optimistic. But, my father was not always as optimistic Sometimes, like my father, I slip toward the dark side and see the glass as half-empty and cover myself with depression. And, then, sometimes, I can talk to myself and convince myself that it is so much more pleasant to follow my […]

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A perfect day

“Today is a perfect day…for a perfect day.” I found that quote in a restaurant in Los Alamos, New Mexico. –Joy

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The sun shines in us

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives things that are happening when you read the newspaper every morning, listen to the news on NPR during the day and commiserate with family and friends at dinner. But, always, there are good things happening—even in the worst of times. I am trying to dwell on those things, […]

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Simple or complex?

“Everything is simpler than you think, and, at the same time, more complex than you imagine,” Goethe once said. My favorite Goethe quote is: “Whatever you can do or believe you can, begin it.” However, Goethe has a number of other quotes I really like—and some people contend that my favorite Goethe quote didn’t really […]

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Remember the promise

Michael Ryan writes a reminder of the promise of spring in his poem “Spring(Again)”. The birds were louder this morning, Raucous, oblivious, tweeting their teensy bird-brains out. It scared me, until I remembered it’s spring. How do they know it? A stupid question. Thank you, birdies. I had forgotten how promise feels. Ryan’s poem was […]

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Good luck

Lucky people recognize chances, and they maximize them, says Dr. Richard Wiseman, professor of public understanding of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and author of The Luck Factor. Unlucky people tend to be more anxious, which reduces the ability to notice the unexpected. Lucky people, Wiseman says, “see what is […]

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Have a good attitude

A friend told me that she is impressed with my good attitude. “I do have a good attitude—most of the time,” I told her. And I do. Sometimes, after dinner, I get tired and a little—or a lot—cranky. Sometimes I do feel frustrated that I am stuck in a wheelchair with my left leg and […]

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It pays to be optimistic

Optimistic people seem to have healthy hearts. Even after adjusting for all sorts of socioeconomic issues, “people who are the most optimistic do have higher odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health,” says Rosalba Hernandez, lead author of a research study and an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She’s not sure […]

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