Positive Living

Positive living is a skill that anyone can learn at any time. Putting your emotional health first is the first step in cultivating an open, upbeat outlook toward every new day. Try to let positive living tips shape your attitude, and watch the world become a more beautiful place, day by day.

Get real and be happy

How Being a Realist Can Make You Happy

Researchers have found that realism is the approach that brings the most lasting, long-term happiness.

Rev. Earl Johnson; photo by James Kegley

How to Help During a Crisis

Rev. Earl Johnson, the top Red Cross chaplain, shares how anyone can perform small, yet powerful, acts of kindness.

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Joanna and Bronwen; photo courtesy Joanna Corfield

How a Horse Helped Her Overcome Fear and Self-Loathing

After a lifetime of struggling with anxiety and eating disorders, could an animal show her the way to self-acceptance?

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A delivery man conversing with a senior woman.

Special Delivery: All in a Day’s Work

These three mail carriers went above and beyond to help people—even save lives—along their postal route.

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Focusing on the present

Why Positive Thinking Works Best When You Stay in the Here and Now

The pandemic is edging out “toxic positivity” in favor of authentic, grounded optimism.

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Dog running on the beach

How to Call Blessings into Your Life

A funny story with an inspiring lesson for hard times.

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Rev. Earl Johnson

A Red Cross Chaplain's Advice for Comforting Others

Rev. Earl Johnson shares how we can each help to bring comfort and support to others during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Autumn forest

A Love-Filled Moment at the Anniversary of a Death

A year after my father died, I feel myself shifting into a new relationship with grief.

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Apples with honey

3 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Fall with Honey

The sweet labors of our friends the bees can enrich and enliven our fall menus.

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Spreading happiness

Have You Given Away Any Happiness Today?

Let one artist’s pandemic project inspire you to be generous with your positivity.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall

The Importance of Mental Health in the Agricultural Community

American Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall is helping farmers and ranchers take control of their mental health one conversation at a time.

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Feeling self-compassion

4 Compassionate Ways to Ease Up on Yourself

Practice self-kindness and give yourself space to get through hard times with these simple tips.

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How to have a positive outlook

How to Look Ahead with Real—Not Fake—Positivity

A new season brings a fresh wave of worry about the future of the pandemic. Here’s how to name it, claim it and reframe it.

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Contentment come winter

What Will Nourish Your Spirit Come Winter?

How to embrace “the ant and the grasshopper” thinking and make a positive impact on those around you in the coming months.

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