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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2008|03:40 pm]
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Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
Don't worry about a thing
Every little thing is gonna be alright

Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my door step
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying, this is my message to you:

Don't worry about a thing...
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Life is absurd! Be merry! Be free! [Nov. 13th, 2007|08:07 pm]
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Hello everyone!

I recently read Positive News, an international paper with solely good news without being naive. Good writing!

Positive News began life as a quarterly international newspaper in 1993 reporting on the people, events and influences that are helping to create a more positive future for the world and its people.

The brainchild of Shauna Crockett-Burrows, the paper now has a circulation of 75,000 worldwide, and continues to expand.

Positive News reports on issues rarely covered by the mainstream media and promotes the many enterprises that are working for a sustainable future. The UK edition of the paper is published by Positive News Publishing Ltd, a not-for-profit company based in Shropshire.

The paper flourishes thanks to the valuable support of its loyal readers in the form of subscriptions and advertising. All subscribers receive a free copy of our 36-page full colour magazine Living Lightly delivered to their door. Donations are welcome from individuals and organisations who wish to provide greater support for our work and can be made online through the Enrichment Fund, Phone Co-op or Simply Energy.

There's also a pull-out section called Positive Youth News. Hooray for the children!

It's based in London, but is also printed in New York and Hong Kong.

See www.positivenewsus.org for the US edition website!
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Top 10 Reasons to Be An Optimist for September 18, 2007 [Sep. 18th, 2007|09:15 pm]
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10. September has been unseasonable cool and delightful, thus disproving global warming once and for all.
9. 50's exotica music is becoming increasingly available on CD
8. Science fiction pulps are also starting to become commercially available for the first time since their original printing
7. Progress in robotics and artificial intelligence remains slow, lessening the chance of the Rise of The Machines within our lifetime
6. Robert Jordan just died, which means no more infernal Wheel of Time books.
5. No stingray attacks in a while.
4. There are still flavors of Mentos yet to be discovered in foreign lands.
3. Tiger Balm
2. "We're kickin' ass in Iraq!"
1. Murdering scumbag O. J. Simpson is finally behind bars.
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Now is the time for optimism, positivity soldiers! [Aug. 27th, 2007|07:57 pm]
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We have had some really good posts lately, so thanks!

The nights are getting colder. The sun sinks a little sooner each night. We need optimism more than ever in what is an affront to our positive ideals: autumn.

So rise up with half-full glasses, and confront the very vices that would have us feel down and negatively.

Lots of your friends and loved ones may start to feel down this season. They need us at their optimistic cheerleaders to assist them in staying full of mirth and good spirits.

If you have a friend who you know is going through a rough time, take a minute to write them a kind, optimistic email. They will appreciate it loads, and you will feel great about it too. In fact, I'm going to go do it right now.

Thanks for reading, and I just know this is going to be a great week for all of us.
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A cheery reminder for the day and a few ideas! [Apr. 9th, 2007|12:58 am]
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Smile! Remember, there are kittens, and people who care about you.

Also, for those who celebrate it, I hope you've had a Happy Easter!

Here are some ideas on how you can be kind to yourself and others around you:

-- Surprise a friend or mate with hot chocolate when it's a little cool out. Sharing over chocolate is always a good thing. :')

-- Write a note. Have relatives you've been meaning to get back to? A friend who is feeling a little under the weather? Someone you've been thinking about? Just write them a little note-- even if it's on a sticky-- and it'll be a little perk for them, as well as yourself.

-- Do something silly. Make faces at yourself in the mirror, lounge around naked with disco music on, comb your hair straight up; enjoy a silly pleasure. When it gets warmer, try running through the sprinkler!

-- Pay a complement to someone working retail, as a cashier, or in customer service. Do this when you don't actually need or want anything else. You can make someone's day. It's nice to hear someone say something pleasant instead of complaining.

-- Buy someone you know a little present. Maybe just a bar of chocolate or some flowers, or stickers, a candle-- whatever you think they'll like. If you see something that you know is just right for someone, think hard about whether you can get it for them or not, without much trouble on your part.

-- Take a day just to do what you want to do. Sometimes these days don't appear unless we force ourselves to make them. Amidst deadlines or workdays, and other obligations, it can be hard to get even a couple hours together of doing nothing but what you want to do, unless you're sick, and well, that's not what you want to do, is it? So set aside a date in advance, or find a way to take one, to recharge yourself when you need it. The world will wait for you, sweetie. Kindness well-kept in home turns to kindness well-kept amongst friends and strangers.

-- Cook something you love. It doesn't have to be difficult or spectacular. You just have to be into it. If you can't cook, as a friend to try it with you, and it can be a fun event between the two of you. Sit down and have a relaxing meal.

Hope your day has pleasant surprises!
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Small gestures. [Apr. 5th, 2007|03:07 am]
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[mood |contentappreciative]

I thought I'd use this post as an excuse to ask you to list five simple pleasures in your life that make you feel better. Good for ideas and reminders!

Here are mine:
1) Flowers. Every week I buy myself flowers; ideally I would have potted plants, but I know that won't mean there are less cut flowers. So I do buy bouquets. I set some in my dorm room, and others in the common room. They smell nice and always cheer the place up.

2) Scarves. They're bright, pretty, and depending on size, multi-functional. A neck scarf can double as a hair scarf, or sometimes a hip scarf. Massively oversized ones of thin material make nice wrap-around clothes and blankets. Nice and warm in the winter. They make nice room decorations, too.

3) Brushing my hair. It's a little vain, maybe, but I admit I like to brush my hair and being good to myself. It reminds me of some good determinations I've had in getting and maintaining hair as long as I have (around 40 inches now, I think). It's a bit too long of a story for this post, but I have a lot of positive associations with my hair.

4) Candles. They make the place smell nice, and are quite cheery. Although sometimes the dorm is too warm to light them (I live in Florida), when it's not, they really improve the atmosphere.

5) Cooking. I haven't had that much time to cook myself this year, though it's definitely a hobby and interest; but when I smell my roommate Sarah baking or cooking something (it's usually her), it really cheers me up. She makes a lot of things completely from scratch, like pumpkin apple bread. The smell just warms the place up mentally and makes me feel at home.

Go on, you know you want to. ;)
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Just a little introductory post. [Apr. 5th, 2007|02:36 am]
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Hi. I noticed this was a particularly small group, so I thought it'd be polite to introduce myself as I-- well, pop up suddenly in your posts, replying!

Tonight especially I was thinking about how I tend to see things differently from my peers, and I decided to search a bit on livejournal, and that's how I found this group. I didn't see any rules about who could join, and considering this is all about optimism, I figured I'd probably be welcome here. :)

My roommates and I were watching things together, and I commented about a character, how nice and positive she was. One of my roommates said to me, "No one that nice exists. Really." I think that's a horrible lie, and it kind of has me a little bummed. I know it's not true, for sure, but it's a little sad that someone would honestly believe that. I suppose it's not surprising, but still.

Optimism to me is not about filtering experiences, or turning blind eyes; it's not about being naive or getting taken advantage of; it's not about pretending or existing to be torn down. It's being able to look at anything and see something positive about it. It's not about never being depressed, but always realizing there is something good in any situation. It's not about having it all, but appreciating what you do have. It's not lies or experiencing things from a distance.

I've come to realize I'm a bit of the odd man out in general, but I realize there are a good number of people who feel the same. And what luck, they -do- band together and form groups! ;)

So... I suppose as a wrap, I'll give a couple cheery reminders:

Sniff flowers when you go by them. Appreciation is something we need more of.

Smiling at strangers is more helpful than you might think. Some people don't get smiled at often by anybody, and that's not right.

Kindness is contagious. Even if it's just bringing somebody a cup of soup or getting a door for them when they bring in the groceries.

Some people might knock efforts, but you never know when even the tiniest one will mean the world to someone who needs a pick me up.

Anyhow, it's really nice to find this group, and I hope to share ideas and the like with you all. I realize I might be a bit on the fluffy side (oh dear), but optimism comes in many flavors. Nice to meet you!
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2007|04:18 am]
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About Us

21st Century Leaders is a unique charity artwork project. The concept is simple. We gather artworks from leaders in all fields; royalty, film, music, Nobel Peace Prize laureates, sports, literature etc. Each ambassador donates a symbol of hope, a self portrait and a message of hope for the future.

All these sorts of people have made pictures and messages:
World Leaders, Film, Fashion, Music Icons, Urban, Classical Rock, Royalty & Society, Metal, Sport, Contempory Artists, Pop, Rap, Punk, RnB, Animators, Architects, Authors, Business, Chefs, Comedians, Entertainers, Producers/DJs, Interior Design, Internation Developement, Photographers, Playwrights, Therapists, Unsung Heroes.
Here is Billy Connolly's particularly optimistic message of hope:

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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2007|04:36 am]
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I realise there is a difference between a dreamer and an optimist (although I think it would depend on your perspective), but I just posted this in my journal and thought it might be appreciated here.

Special thanks to mindfulness for showing it to me.

"I haven't seen too many around lately. Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It's not dead it's just that it's been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I'm trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hearts and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it's ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don't be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting." Robet Linklater - Waking life
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Eternal Optimism v. Rosey-Colored Glasses [Jan. 5th, 2007|01:11 am]
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Hey kids. It's been a while.

I've been thinking about how I defend my Eternal Optimism to naysayers, skeptics and Eternal Pessimists.

People accuse me of wearing rose-colored glasses, but there is a distinct nuance between that and being an Eternal Optimist. That being: optimists can be realists. Wearers of rose-colored glasses refuse to see what is in front of their faces, often denying horrible events that have happened. Extreme examples of this can be deniers of the Holocaust or parents who looked the other way when their spouse molests their child. More ordinary examples can be kids who know they are in terminally toxic relationships but keep looking the other way.

So what does this all mean, what's your point, you might dang ole wonder.

Eternal Optimism is seeing things how they really and actually stand, and seeing the positive spin on it. It's not a denial of the facts or softening of events to deceive oneself (or others).

So the next time someone accuses you of wearing the rose-tinted glasses, you just set them straight. Graciously of course.

Keep it real, and keep up those positive attitudes.
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