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

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

Terry L. Paulson Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-0-470-60681-0

Mar 2010

224 pages



Sharpen your skills and shape attitudes to achieve high levels of success personally and professionally

The Optimism Advantage offers tangible, proven techniques for turning life's obstacles into opportunities with confidence and competence. Today's economy offers plenty of reasons to feel powerless and frustrated. But why would you, when it offers just as many reasons to be optimistic, resourceful, and persistent? After all, adversity is everywhere...but it's how you handle adversity that makes the difference in your personal and professional life.

Each chapter provides new ways to sharpen your own skills and help others to face ever-present organizational and personal challenges with the kind of positive attitude that leads to resilience and results.

  • Presents important truths for maintaining your sanity and effectiveness during times of economic or organizational turmoil
  • Shows you how to turn yourself into a valuable, recyclable asset, rather than a disposable "employee"
  • Author Terry Paulson is a preeminent expert on the human side of optimism and a powerful, renowned professional speaker

The Optimism Advantage offers much needed relief, hope, and practical tools for everyone who feels trapped and powerless in the face of current economic conditions.


Chapter 1 Trade Being Your Own Worst Enemy to Become Your Own Best Supporter.

Chapter 2 Deal with the Hand You're Dealt.

Chapter 3 Your Choice: Victim or Resilient Survivor.

Chapter 4 The Optimistic Power of Purpose.

Chapter 5 Optimists Update Their Gifts into Recyclable Assets.

Chapter 6 Your Health Habits Impact Your Attitude.

Chapter 7 Optimists Embrace Action.

Chapter 8 Optimists Dispute Catastrophic Thoughts.

Chapter 9 Optimists Give Thanks for Gratitude.

Chapter 10 Optimists Provide Constructive Self-Criticism.

Chapter 11 Managing Your Own Motivation Means Catching Yourself Being Effective.

Chapter 12 Simple Pleasures: The Optimist's Wild Card.

Chapter 13 Humor Is the Joker in the Hand of Life.

Chapter 14 Build an Optimistic Network That Works.

Chapter 15 How to Become Optimistic in Life…by Really Trying.



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