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The Benefits of Optimism in the Grit and Grace Life – 025

Dr. Zoe Shaw, A Year of Self-Care

Want to live longer? Research tells us that optimism holds the key, and it also says that our gender is the most optimistic. So, are you a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of gal? In this episode Darlene and Julie remind each other how important it is to look for the good, even when you’re facing difficult circumstances. They take a little time to explore some practical ways you can do that for yourself and when needed, be that voice in the lives of your friends. Because, hey, today is a gift and if you are that glass-half-full kind of gal you will have a whole lot more good ones yet to come.

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(We also suggested you read some of our articles addressing anxiety or depression if you’re struggling with either of those difficult scenarios, which understandably make it hard to be optimistic.)


We mentioned Darlene’s three-part faith series, click the image to read each of the three articles.

Quote of the episode:

“Optimism: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha.” Robert Brault

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This Grit and Grace Life hosts, Darlene Brock and Julie Graham cross generational lines and draw from life experience to discuss all things life—from the boardroom to the bedroom, car-lines to college, being single, married or single again. Combining the two traits found in all women, grit and grace, they laugh, share insights and explore the road taken to find strength every day.

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