Practical Optimism

Optimism Works: “My success is defined by not giving up.”

Entrepreneur Nina Bailey gives a glimpse into her journey to recognize and understand the importance of self-love, both for herself and the countless young girls who she helps through The R.O.S.E. Project.

Optimism Works: “I didn’t wait for an opportunity, I just started doing it!”

Austin-based author and illustrator Don Tate, who has a number of award-winning children’s books under his belt, shares how he worked to pursue his dreams one after another.

Optimism Works: “Identify what you are truly passionate about.”

University of Texas marketing professor Dr. Raj Raghunathan gives a glimpse into how he’s turned the study of happiness into a successful career with his course A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.

Optimism Works: “I strive to only compare myself to my past self.”

Financial expert and entrepreneur Kara Perez shares her journey of success, which began with tenaciously pulling herself out from beneath a mountain of student loan debt.

Optimism Works: “Success is knowing when to re-evaluate.”

Entrepreneur Sharon Mays shares her experience as the owner and founder of Baby Greens, one of the country’s first fast-food salad restaurant concepts.

Give A Little Optimism

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The Bull x The Horns: How can I be optimistic when I feel negative?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to honestly embrace difficulties for a more positive future.

The Bull x The Horns: Should I change my career?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on what to do when you reach a crossroads in your career.

The Bull x The Horns: Help! I have imposter syndrome.

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke discuss emotions from a lack of…

The Bull x The Horns: How can I stay calm during the holiday season?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to redirect…

The Bull x The Horns: How do I sustain friendships throughout life?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke discuss how to stay connected with…

The Bull x The Horns: Should I turn my side hustle into a full-time job?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on choosing between moonlighting…

The Bull x The Horns: Help! I have a strained relationship with my mom.

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke address the benefits of having a…

The Bull x The Horns: How can I pull my friend up when they are down?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke discuss negative emotions and how to help others who may experience a difficult time.

The Bull x The Horns: How do I tell my coworker they’re bringing me down?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how to approach…

The Bull x The Horns: Is “manifesting” effective?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give advice on how positive thinking…

VIDEO: Words of Encouragement

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration from your fellow Texans, so…

The Bull x The Horns: How can I use optimism in difficult decisions?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke give suggestions on how to see…

The Bull x The Horns: How can I seek balance among polarizing forces?

Psychologists Art Markman and Bob Duke address the implications of either-or decision…

VIDEO: Texas Monthly’s Tips on Optimism

Don’t let stress take over. Try these simple tactics for a positive, more optimistic outlook.