This collection of stories and advice was compiled by a self-proclaimed serial optimist, David Mezzapelle. Each chapter is part of the collective theme of optimism in action, including, but not limited to, nurturing talent, designing, achieving goals, cultivating gratitude, and building positive and rewarding relationships. Within each chapter there are numerous short stories and advice from experts in the topic field or from someone with an emotional and heart-tugging journey whose tale inspires a positive outlook.
I especially love the “Contagious Hallmarks,” like the little “Reflections, Actions, Practices, and Examples” peppered throughout the book challenging the reader to apply what they’ve learned. One in particular, “Contagious Inspiration,” stands out.
“Do not despair when your lifelong dream is crushed by the darkness of doors that bang shut on it. Face the future with hope that the intelligence that orders our lives will lead you on another path that will open to the daylight of success.”
Uplifting, don’t you think?
Though the book is big, it’s an easy read. I suggest a few stories a day with a highlighter and bookmarks to annotate those uplifting stories and anecdotes you’ll want to read again and again. It’s a great read for everyone, since it contains something for all, no matter where you are in your life journey. It also makes a great gift for someone needing an extra boost of courage or the reader who devours motivational books.
In fact, Contagious Optimism was gifted to me by my husband, just as I was about to board a plane on my way to deliver a keynote speech. I was so touched by the gesture and the title alone had me in tears. A wonderful way to show you care about someone is to give them a book with deep meaning. Contagious Optimism is a perfect book to keep handy whenever you need to be reminded to be grateful and to believe in yourself.
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