Choosing To Be Positive

This section focuses on people who act as positive encouragers.

It also provides practical tools and exercises that people can use in their own ways.

U is for Michael Ungar: Developing Resilience In Children

Michael has helped many parents, teachers and children to learn about resilience.

He is the author of a regular blog in Psychology Today. This is called Nurturing Resilience: Raising children to be competent and Read more

S is for Stories For Hope: Young Rwandans Overcoming A Violent Legacy

Stories For Hope is led by Patricia Pasick Ph.D, a psychologist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She works with a team from the University of Michigan and local NGOs in Rwanda. Here are excerpts from Read more

P is for Kristin Powers: Facing Possible Huntingdon’s Disease

Kristin believes in enjoying life and passing on a heartfelt legacy. Here is the official introduction to her talk at TEDxTEEN.

Kristen Powers has always refused to believe that a person needs a car, Read more

H is for Phil Hansen: Embracing Our Limits Can Enable Us To Be Creative

In this video from the Sustainable Brands Conference, Phil describes how he embraced his greatest fear. Here is the official introduction to the video

In his moving talk, artist Phil Hansen describes how he Read more

W is for We The Change: Inspiring Young People In Kenya

Soiya Gecaga founded the “We the Change” Foundation in Kenya. It focuses on providing hope and opportunities for children who grow up in poverty.

Soiya was born in Nairobi. After an education Read more

K is for Daniel Kahneman: Personal Memories And Peak-End Theory

Why do people react differently to what appear to be similar experiences?

Certainly it has a lot to do with their attitude. But it also has much to do with how they interpret Read more

E is for Bengt Elmen: Decide Your Destiny

Bengt says the cerebral palsy that has been with him since birth has shaped his life. But for good, not for bad.

Rather than be limited by what it took away, he embraces the Read more

S is for Symphonia For South Africa: Partner For Possibility Programme

The video above describes some aspects of the Partner for Possibility approach expressed by Symphonia. Here are some extracts from the organisation’s web site.

Symphonia for South Africa is a registered Non-Profit Read more

A is for Axiom News: Producing Journalism That Gives People Hope

Axiom News publishes stories that focus on people’s strengths and provide positive ways forward.

Here are some details about their work. These excerpts are taken directly from their web site.

WHY WE’RE HERE Read more

S is for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: His Writing And Legacy

Antoine is best known for his fable The Little Prince. Many people have also been inspired by his other books, such as Flight to Arras, Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars.

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