optimism: 5 Things You Can Do TODAY to Be Happier and More Productive at Work - 05/16/13 03:48 AM

According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, being a Real Estate Agent is the happiest job in America. But what if you're not as happy or as productive as you'd like to be? What can you do to increase your happiness and productivity at work?
Martin Seligman, a positive psychologist and author of Authentic Happiness, concluded that happier people get better performance evaluations and higher pay. Other studies have shown that happy people are more positive, creative, tolerant, constructive, generous and non-defensive. They also have lower medical costs and less absenteeism.
1. Focus on people and relationships: That's really what it's all about … (10 comments)

optimism: A Breath of Fresh Air - A Positive Outlook for Montana's Economy - 02/04/09 03:29 AM
With the onslaught of national news stories about the poor state of the economy, job losses, and the housing market, it is easy to lose sight of what's going on locally. Larry Swanson, a well-known Montana economist and the Director for the Center for the Rocky Mountain West was quoted in the Billings Gazette recently as saying:
"The steady drumbeat of bad news produces a psychology of consumers hunkering down, we need to stay grounded in the fact that we had a lot going when we came into this," Swanson said. "The magnitude of impact in Montana will be lower. We've been … (8 comments)