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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Staying Upbeat: Be Courageous, Dream On, Get Inspired

Updated: May 27, 2020

The winter months take their tolls on the psyche. Staying positive is important year round, and can require redoubled efforts when the gray clouds of life take over. Maslow and Seligman are just two theorists who offer hope through their proof that positive psychology is one way to achieve ataraxia. We must do our part every day to stay upbeat. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

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FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology

Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital Life Skills for Clients

Hope, optimism, resilience and inner strength contribute to a positive culture that help employees achieve their true potential. Learn, then implement, these simple techniques to boost vital skills.

JOB SEARCHING: Positive Tips from a Sales Executive

One way to stay positive during a long job search is to start each day with a new promise, a hope. These tips, used by a  successful sales executive every day, could help a job seeker focus on the future.


Professors at numerous schools are covering the topic of happiness in class and in their research. At Hiram College students can learn more about “positive interventions and the psychological and behavior characteristics of individuals who use them” from Acacia Parks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology. Dr. Fred Bryant of Loyola University coined the term “savor” which can lead to increased happiness. Learn more about the science of happiness at “Happify” – who knew “happify” was even a word?!

TOP TEN: Natural Treatments for Depression

Eating healthy and regular exercise are obvious habits to not only fight depression, but also stay upbeat. Setting goals and taking on daily responsibilities are less obvious, but equally helpful. Read all ten from WebMD.

QUOTES: Extra Quotes for Extra Inspiration!

“I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope… The purpose of our life needs to be positive.” - Dalai Lama XIV
“You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.” - Joe Namath
“Never stop pedaling to power your dreams.” - Terri Guillemets
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” - Dale Carnegie


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