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Category: The Positivity Project

Fairness, OPM2, and Where They Intersect

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

In my articles, opinions, and actions, I have consistently been attached to the concept that society works best when we think with our hearts instead of our brains. Contained in my belief system is the vision of a society that values the character strength of fairness and the Other People Matter Mindset. read more

Finding Success Through a Love of Learning

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

It’s important for us to realize we can learn important lessons from others’ experiences and expertise — and that doing so is a strength of character. Because if we assume we can only learn from our personal experiences, then it will take us a long time to learn anything. read more

Cheering Others On — A Crucial Part of OPM2

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

Imagine you find out a friend received the opportunity you both have always wanted. After the initial disappointment, would the bitterness linger or would you celebrate with them?

It would be difficult to swallow your pride, but the alternative — ending the relationship over resentment — is much worse, I would argue. Instead of dwelling on what you didn’t get, I hope you would be conscientious of the pillars of The Positivity Project’s Other People Matter Mindset. read more

Love: A Crucial Part of Our Lives

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website

Every February, we go out and purchase heart-shaped chocolates and bake heart-shaped cookies to represent our love for certain people.

But all that matters about those chocolates and candies is their shape. We can cut out a piece of paper in the shape of a heart and it would carry the same loving message. read more

Thinking With Our Hearts: Is it Possible and What Does it Mean?

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

Some would say our hearts keep us alive, but I will always argue that they keep us living.

Using our hearts to think doesn’t leave us asking “what if” questions. It convinces us to be hopeful. However, thinking with our brains leads us to ask questions like: “What if I fail?” “What if this doesn’t work out?” “What if I regret this in a day, a month, a year?” read more

Perseverance: How to Push Through the Tough Times and Get to the Great Ones

 

This article is also available on The Positivity Project’s website.

The feeling of tears rushing down your face is among the worst sensations we experience, but it sets up some of the greatest moments of our lives.

When the tears stream down our faces, we either throw in the towel and move on or we push ourselves to keep going despite the initial failure. Suddenly, our character is tested and we have to decide which road we want to go down.  read more

Optimistic Mindsets: What Feeds us During Positive Moments and Pushes us Through Negative Ones

Article also available at PosProject.org.

I can fail to accomplish a goal 100 times, but I won’t hesitate to take the 101st swing. I will continue to follow the pattern of watching my efforts fall short, slightly improving my approach each successive attempt, and repeatedly starting my next iteration by telling myself, “things are going to work out this time.” read more