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.

T is for Kathleen Taylor: Learning From Working With The Dying

Kathleen has spent more than 20 years working as a counsellor in hospices. When asked about her work, she says she loves her job.

Why? She enables people to tackle this final Read more

S is for Zach Sobiech: “You don’t have to find out you are dying to start living.”

Zach’s attitude to life inspired many people around the world. Here is the introduction to this video about him.

“Every teenager believes they are invincible,” said Zach Sobiech.

“It’s not the Read more

U is for Ben Underwood: Seeing Without Eyes

Ben lived a remarkable life. A healthy baby, at the age of two he was diagnosed with retinal cancer. Both eyes were removed when he was three.

Encouraged by his family, Ben learned how Read more

B is for Jill Bolte Taylor: Her Stroke Of Insight

In the well-known video above Jill describes her experience of having a stroke. Here is the description of her talk from the TED web site.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity Read more

V is for The VIA Institute: Positive Education And Character Strengths

This video was created by the VIA Institute. It shows character strengths in action in an elementary school classroom.

It includes interviews with students who learn how to use their strengths.

It also shows Read more

S is for Alanna Shaikh: How I’m Preparing To Get Alzheimer’s Disease

Alanna starts her talk by saying:

“I’d like to talk about my Dad. My Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease.”

After describing her father and how loving he is, Alanna outlines the steps she is taking Read more

J is for Steve Jobs: Commencement Speech At Stanford In 2005

This is the famous speech that Steve gave at Stanford in 2005. This video begins with an introduction about him, then Steve takes the stage.

His speech contains many much quoted pieces. These include Read more

K is for Kindness Education Workshops

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation teaches workshops to inspire kids to be kind and become problem solvers.

This video shows the basics of their K-3rd grade and 4th grade and upwards workshops. It Read more

R is for Resilience: Some Lessons We Can Learn From Survivors

Dennis Charney is the professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

In this video he describes some of the lessons learned from studying returning prisoners of Read more

R is for J.K. Rowling: Talking At Harvard About Building On Your Assets

J.K. Rowling’s address at Harvard focused on The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination.

Deep into the address she talks about how, after leaving university, she could be seen as a Read more