Explore the value of Optimism
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Here are some inspiring stories about optimism.
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LOOK UP When I found out my parents were splitting up five years ago, reality sunk in for me. After listening to them screaming at one another in the middle of the night, I felt that I had lost my innocent perception of the world. I felt that I would never get back my imaginative, child-like disposition. After being...
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"ROLLER SKATES AND ICE SKATES" The word"optimism" means the best! After viewing a mini video about a 1923 roller skate adventure send to me by my niece, it brought back memories of the "optimism" and "the best of my family". In Superior , Wis . in the late 1950's and 1960's , my cousins and I didn't spend time with video games and stay inside...
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THE GIFT Rose-colored glasses get a bad name. Whenever I hear someone accused of having rose-colored glasses it usually means they are unrealistically optimistic or ignoring reality. Maybe. But I believe everyone needs a pair of rose-colored glasses. When I was young I got a pair from my brothers, who are my heroes. The...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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OPTIMISM QUOTATIONS
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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet

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“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”

Mary Lou Retton

Thursday quote
“And you ask “what if I fall?" Oh but my darling, what if you fly?””

Erin Hanson

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

Dan Millman

Tuesday quote
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday quote
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Jack Layton

20190101 tuesday quote
“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”

Vernon McLellan

Monday quote
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

Nelson Mandela

20160809 tuesday quote
“I didn't lose the gold. I won the silver.”

Michelle Kwan

20160811 thursday quote
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, 'I'm possible'!”

Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday quote
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!”

Christian D. Larson

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“We have enough people who tell it like it is—now we could use a few who tell it like it can be. ”

Robert Orben

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'optimism'.
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Erna B My hero is my grandma. She has the unshaken ability to find the good in any person. She is an optimist when hell breaks loose and in any situation will do whatever she can to help a soul good or bad. There is not a dull day in her presence and is grateful for every second she lives, having grown up in Nazi...
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Sam K Sam, my little brother, was adopted. When we picked him up, mum and dad knew that he was delayed. He has Autism. Sometimes he's a pest, but he always has this huge smile on his face. (well, most of the time) And he always thinks that the best is going to happen. He'll always believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and...
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Donald C My friend's grandfather, Donald C., is a man of great strength and courage. No matter what happens, he keeps moving forward with a positive outlook on life. He was recently diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and the whole family was devastated. Even though he does not have long to live, he still finds a way to...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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CARING
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CHEER
CIVILITY
CLASS AND GRACE
COMMITMENT
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COMPASSION
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CONFIDENCE
CONNECTING
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CREATIVITY
DEDICATION
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DO THY BEST
DO YOUR PART
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FRIENDSHIP
GENEROSITY
GET ALONG
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SPREAD YOUR WINGS
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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
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TRUST
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WONDER
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Your Comments
OLGA QUIROS from TUCSON AZ AUGUST 20, 2014
WE ALL NEED TO BE OPTIMISTIC AND FAITH FULL TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES OF EVERY DAY

Ayesha Belaal from Karachi Pakistan MAY 14, 2014
u r doing a wonderful job..

JACK from AUSTRALIA FEBRUARY 24, 2014
dont worry, be happpay

Reji from Sydney FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Good

Emory from Georgia NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Life is full of Optimism, when life is up and down at the same time and you see that you like something and you can do it right. You find out in the same sport, or something fifteenth about it.

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