"If you can't see a benefit in the present, know that you're giving a present to your future." —Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now (February, 2012)
Amy Spencer is the author of the new book BRIGHT SIDE UP: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now (Perigee, February 2012) and MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press, 2010), which Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want called "a must-read for singles looking for love." She shares her powerfully positive views on life regularly on the TheLifeOptimist.com, and weekly, sends out a dose of "Vitamin Optimism," the happiest email you'll get all week (sign up on her homepage).
She also created the iPhone App Half-Orange Optimisms, which was featured on the iTunes "Featured Apps" and "Hot List," for positivity you can carry in your pocket. She has written essays and happiness and lifestyle features for Glamour, Real Simple, CNN.com, InStyle, Health, Redbook, New York and other national magazines, and used to host a live call-in radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Read more about Amy at www.amyspencer.com.
The Reason I Became A Helping Professional
As pessimistic or down or "over it" you may feel in life or love, it is possible to become happier in your relationships, work, and home life. And I want to help as many people learn to do this as possible.
We now know, based on research in optimism and postive psychology, that while we can't always change what happens to us, we can change how we see and feel about what happens to us. And this is huge. Because this means we don't have to completely change our lives to be happier—we simply need to change how we see our lives to be happier. And thanks to still recent neuroscientific research, we know that the brain is capable of "neuroplasticity," which means we can change how it functions over time like warm clay. By challenging ourselves through "metacognition"—or thinking about our thinking—we can rewire the neurocircuitry in our brains so that our go-to mindset is a more positive one. You can life "the good life" with the very same life you have right now.
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