How to Increase Optimism (and Why You Should)

Sometimes optimism gets a bad name. Positive people might find themselves being accused of "wearing rose-colored glasses" or behaving like "a Pollyanna." In truth, real optimism isn't about ignoring reality and pretending that everything is OK, even when it's not. 

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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer in both physical and mental health. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

6 Ways to Cultivate Self-Reliance in an Emergency

No matter how poised you may be generally, emergency situations will always test your limits. Even if you feel prepared to face an emergency, things can slip quickly out of control when you’re in the midst of one. In an age when major emergencies are becoming more common, your life can go from easy and breezy to chaotic and frightening in the blink of an eye.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Making Choices: Out With the Old? Maybe Not

Let’s look at behavioral changes that don’t involve physical stuff but do involve choices. Choices that are either keeping us stuck in a cycle of clutter and disorganization OR are just not supporting us in being as productive, focused, and happy as we’d like to be.

As with objects, it turns out that tossing out our emotional, spiritual, or psychological past without any regard as to what and why we are getting rid of it, can be a wasted opportunity.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

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Woman outdoors meditating on yoga mat
05/28/2021
Sometimes optimism gets a bad name. Positive people might find themselves being accused of "wearing rose-colored glasses" or behaving like "a Pollyanna." In truth, real optimism isn't about... read more
Silhouette of a woman with fist in air in front of sun rising
07/21/2020
No matter how poised you may be generally, emergency situations will always test your limits. Even if you feel prepared to face an emergency, things can slip quickly out of control when you’re in the... read more
fork in the road in the woods
03/04/2015
Let’s look at behavioral changes that don’t involve physical stuff but do involve choices. Choices that are either keeping us stuck in a cycle of clutter and disorganization OR are just not... read more
Woman outdoors meditating on yoga mat
05/28/2021
Sometimes optimism gets a bad name. Positive people might find themselves being accused of "wearing rose-colored glasses" or behaving like "a Pollyanna." In truth, real optimism isn't about... read more
Silhouette of a woman with fist in air in front of sun rising
07/21/2020
No matter how poised you may be generally, emergency situations will always test your limits. Even if you feel prepared to face an emergency, things can slip quickly out of control when you’re in the... read more
fork in the road in the woods
03/04/2015
Let’s look at behavioral changes that don’t involve physical stuff but do involve choices. Choices that are either keeping us stuck in a cycle of clutter and disorganization OR are just not... read more