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Arianna Huffington And Sheryl Sandberg On The Power Of Optimism

Joining Arianna Huffington at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discussed why she thinks a sense of optimism is central to reaching the solutions the world needs.

"There's so many real challenges in the world," said Sandberg. "Jobs challenges, connectivity challenges, challenges for democracy. And I think optimism matters, because unless we're optimistic, we give up. The challenges are real -- there are real challenges all over the world -- but the opportunities have never been better."

To hear more, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • Extend Good Manners
    I grew up on the rules of Emily Post in a family where niceties -- like holding the door open for someone -- were more expect
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    I grew up on the rules of Emily Post in a family where niceties -- like holding the door open for someone -- were more expected than a pleasant surprise.

    Good manners have multiple, positive benefits. I try to practice them on a regular basis -- even if it's just saying "please" and "thank you."
  • Speak Words Of Kindness
    I strive to tell others when they've made a difference in my life on a daily basis. If I'm being completely honest, accepting
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    I strive to tell others when they've made a difference in my life on a daily basis. If I'm being completely honest, accepting myself also means knowing I wouldn't be who I am without the amazing people around me.

    A genuine compliment can go a long way. Did someone inspire you today? Were they a great friend during a time you needed it most? Tell them. They'll appreciate it more than you know.
  • Practice Forgiveness
    I try to make forgiveness a habit, mostly because the alternative of holding onto a grudge can be exhausting. Everyone makes
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    I try to make forgiveness a habit, mostly because the alternative of holding onto a grudge can be exhausting. Everyone makes mistakes.

    Research shows holding onto anger can harm your well-being; it's much healthier to let it go. Practicing forgiveness can lead to less stress and anxiety, boost your heart health and help your self-esteem, according to the Mayo Clinic.
  • Express Gratitude
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    The health perks of gratitude are hard to ignore. Thankfulness can make you more optimistic, help you feel less lonely and even lower your blood pressure.

    I try to make expressing gratitude a daily exercise, whether it's reflecting on the positives of my day as I go to sleep or writing them down in a journal. Think of it as a workout for your brain.
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