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The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results
Terry L. Paulson

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Format: Hardcover, 211pp.
ISBN: 9780470554753
Publisher: Wiley
Pub. Date: March 22, 2010

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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.


"Masterful! The Optimism Advantage supports the thesis that we control our attitude and our actions. Live every chapter of this book, and you're more likely to have a great life of happiness and achievement!"
—Don Hutson, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The One Minute Entrepreneur, and CEO, U.S. Learning Inc.

"This is a must-read for any leader committed to producing results in both good and bad times."
—Gordon Peters, CEO and Founding Chairman, Institute for Management Studies

"The Optimism Advantage collects Dr. Paulson's wisdom and insights into a resource that belongs in every library. Don't just read it once; read it until it sinks into how you live and lead! This book is a true keeper!"
—Terry L. Bream, RN, MN, Ambulatory Clinical Practice Administrator, Kaiser Permanente

"While others may be swept into fear, frustration, and uncertainty, this breakthrough book gives you practical tools to leverage the Optimism Advantage. BUY this book; a more rewarding and significant life awaits."
—Dr. Joseph Michelli, CEO, The Michelli Experience, and author of The Starbucks Experience and The New Gold Standard

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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.

Table of Contents

1Trade being your own worst enemy to become your own best supporter
2Deal with the Hand you're Dealt
3Your Choice: Victim or Resilient Survivor
4The Optimistic Power of Purpose
5Optimists Update their Gifts into Recyclable Assets
6Your Health Habits Impact Your Attitude
7Optimists Embrace Action
8Optimists Dispute Catastrophic Thoughts
9Optimists Give Thanks for Gratitude
10Optimists Provide Constructive Self Criticism
11Managing your Own Motivation Means Catching Yourself Being Effective
12Simple Pleasures: The Optimist's Wild Card
13Humor is the Joker in the Hand of Life
14Build an Optimistic Network that Works
15How To Become Optimistic In Life…By Really Trying

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