If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

Glass half full or half empty? Actually that does not matter. Optimism is less about positive thinking and much more about positive action. From finding reasons to be grateful to getting outside for a walk there are a hundred tiny ways to build your happiness levels every day. Research shows too that optimism has a strong connection with being proactive and being resilient. Focus on just one of these three will lead to strength in the others.

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

More Optimism resources…

Charming talks for a boost on a bad day
Charming talks for a boost on a bad day

Bad days happen to good people. Here are talks guaranteed to help cheer you up.

Give Thanks.
Give Thanks.

These TED Talks will help you conjure up massive amounts of gratitude.

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Winter Energisers


As the days get colder and the nights draw in (here in the West anyway!) our energy can start to dip. Here are some easy ideas to give your energy a boost:…

How to Slow Down


 Slowing down is key to productivity, making great decisions and being happy.  Yet we spend most of our time doing the exact opposite.  Try these tips for immediate impact.

10 Steps to Optimism


Optimism can be learned, and we all need to start learning to develop healthy optimism.  The key to optimism is asking ourselves more questions before automatically defaulting into a negative response.