The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results

  • 3h 36m
  • Terry L. Paulson
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2010

Whether in good times or tough times, optimists make a difference.

Even in the face of an economic downturn, anyone who says optimists are in denial is misinformed. Optimists are actually the first people to admit they have problems. They're more likely to realistically evaluate their problems, and the first to do something about them. Optimists reframe challenges as opportunities, and this makes them highly effective problem solvers. Optimists as leaders help teams turn downturns into strategic progress. Are you such an optimist? Do you want to be?

Terry Paulson's The Optimism Advantage empowers you to use real optimism to create positive results in the real world. Grounded in cutting-edge positive psychology research, this unmatched resource offers proven techniques and practical strategies that will reenergize and reorganize how you face your work and life.

With The Optimism Advantage, you'll:

  • Stop being your own worst enemy and become your best supporter
  • Foster optimism in those you lead
  • Build healthy habits to improve your attitude
  • Practice constructive self-criticism
  • Successfully dispute negative self-blocks
  • Embrace action and change
  • Catch yourself being effective
  • Find strength in humor and simple pleasures
  • Let your optimism spread to those around you
  • And more

Each chapter in The Optimism Advantage features a dynamic range of callout boxes, insightful quotations, and exercises to help you discover and develop your optimism. In addition, this accessible book is packed with inspirational stories of optimism in practice, drawn from history, today's headlines, and the ordinary people who are accomplishing extraordinary things every day.

Effectively employing your optimism offers the most realistic approach you can take to overcome your challenges. The Optimism Advantage provides you with the tools you need to access your own resourcefulness and persistence, and leverage one success into the next.

About the Author

Terry L. Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE, is widely considered to be the preeminent expert on the human side of change management. As a professional speaker, columnist, and author, Dr. Paulson has been helping organizations, leaders, and teams make change work for over thirty years.

In this Book

  • Trade Being Your Own Worst Enemy to Become Your Own Best Supporter
  • Deal with the Hand You're Dealt
  • Your Choice—Victim or Resilient Survivor
  • The Optimistic Power of Purpose
  • Optimists Update Their Gifts into Recyclable Assets
  • Your Health Habits Impact Your Attitude
  • Optimists Embrace Action
  • Optimists Dispute Catastrophic Thoughts
  • Optimists Give Thanks for Gratitude
  • Optimists Provide Constructive Self-Criticism
  • Managing Your Own Motivation Means Catching Yourself Being Effective
  • Simple Pleasures—The Optimist's Wild Card
  • Humor is the Joker in the Hand of Life
  • Build an Optimistic Network That Works
  • How to Become Optimistic in Life…By Really Trying
  • Resources