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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions; 1ST edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936740419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936740413
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"You may well find out that you are already a much more optimistic person than you thought you were and well on the road to where you want to be."
Examiner

"A compendium of encouragement, this book shows readers that it's possible to look for and find silver linings in every cloud."
—New Thought Magazine

"Thank you, David Mezzapelle, for reminding us of our potential for good with Contagious Optimism!"
—Sherry Hursey, award-winning actress, writer, and producer

"Overall this is a really awesome book. I would recommend it to everyone, especially if you are going through a hard time. It will help you learn how to smile again, promise!"
—Mommy of Two

"More than a self-help book...It is a reliable tool box that you can draw from for years to come."
Wondermom Wannabe

"If you're feeling your cup is half empty, Contagious Optimism, by David Mezzapelle, will leave you with full confidence that not only can you fill that cup up, but you better grab a towel because it's about to overflow!"
My Fabulous Fit Forties

"This book is packed with motivation and advice to get you on track to be where you want YOUR LIFE to be!"
Peanut Butter and Whine

"Aren’t the successes in life what kindle the fire within us and keep the blaze alive? Whether it is a success in finding your own true love, succeeding in overcoming adversity or landing the job you have forever sought after, expert direction and wise counsel can be found within the pages of Contagious Optimism: Uplifting Stories and Motivational Advice for Positive Forward Thinking."
All News ... No Blues

"Each chapter gave me encouragement and new tools for finding my passion for life again. Both the wisdom and stories shared here are absolutely amazing and this is one of the more useful, applicable and approachable books I have ever read."
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"If you are looking for some words of encouragement or just a bit of something to up your spirits, this book is for you. We all need a little inspiration from time to time and Contagious Optimism will definitely fit the bill."
Central Minnesota Mom

"Stories and parables of amazing life turnarounds from real people world-wide."
The Edge

"Could give the Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes a run for their money."
Connecticut Post

"Having this book is like having your own personal cheerleading squad beside you all day long. We can all use positive influence and ideas in our lives. Open the book anywhere and you can read a short essay written by someone who has been in a challenging situation and turned it around."
New Spirit Journal

"People often accuse entrepreneur David Mezzapelle of being contagiously optimistic. For example, he often talks about "life carrots": something great in front of you that you can reach. He now shares his vision in this book about "positive forward thinking," which includes more than 100 uplifting stories and parables written by Mezzapelle and dozens of other contributors."
The Intelligent Optimist

"David Mezzapelle's book, Contagious Optimism, offers many inspirational stories to help others. He not only took on the task of writing about positive thinking, he did it with a twist to include individuals from around the globe that have faced adversity and then persevered to overcome their challenges while learning from them. "
-Jupiter Life Magazine

"Nearly every story is excellently composed and straightforward; readers are sure to find something to connect with. Frequent bits of encouraging advice, insights, and practical exercises make Mezzapelle's message digestible and relevant, and perfect for daily perusals."
Publishers Weekly

"Real stories from real people around the globe which demonstrates that every cloud has a silver lining."
Nothing but Good News

"David Mezzapelle has taken the secret to a joyfully lived life and packaged it in a book that is indeed so contagious you can't help but be infected. Once you are exposed to the power of kindness and positive thinking towards yourself and others will be with you forever."
—Co-author of Random Acts of Kindness

"It is impossible to inoculate oneself against the contagion of optimism that pours out from the stories of the courageous men and women in this book who show us how we can soar and flourish in the very midst of life's challenges. Read it and celebrate the human spirit!"
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning


"Contagious Optimism is an inspiring invitation to change your life through a change of perspective. Mezzapelle's collection of stories and various viewpoints spurs our imagination of what's possible to create a happy and successful life. A highly persuasive book I full-heartedly recommend."
—Andrea F. Polard, PsyD, Author of A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life

"Filled with TRIUMPHANT and fascinating stories from people all over the world, as well as life coaches and other authors, Contagious Optimism offers you encouragement to trust yourself and forge ahead in the midst of confusion and fear. This book has a contagious vibration that sparks courage, self-love, and personal empowerment. Be prepared to open yourself to new perspectives that place you outside the box and into a place of trust and love!"
—Laurie Martin, author of Smile Across Your Heart: The Process of Building Self-Love

No matter how difficult or easy your life may be at any given moment, it is possible to experience meaning and happiness. Read Contagious Optimism for yourself. Read it for your teams at work. Read it for your family. It will help you improve your life, your outlook, and your behavior.
—Marshall Goldsmith

"Enlightenment, positive mind control, and many other capabilities exist in all of us. Once they are harnessed, we are able to doing anything we put our minds to. Contagious Optimism is proof that people from all corners of the world have the ability to meet and exceed their goals despite the odds."
—Bucky Dent, New York Yankees World Series MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame, Player, Manager

"There has been one common ingredient throughout my personal and professional life - optimism. It has been a solid driving force and has never wavered. When you read David's book, Contagious Optimism, you will better understand why it is so powerful... how it empowers, motivates, and leads people to tremendous results. "
—James F. Mooney. Chairman of the Board, Virgin Media, Inc.

“In this age of increasing stress, at a time when our world seems to be falling apart, being optimistic is a revolutionary act requiring great faith and courage. We are at a time of great change and there are signs of hope as well as despair. Contagious Optimism—Jed Diamond, Ph.D., author of The Irritable Male Syndrome: Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression

Are you still looking at the glass as half- empty? Well, it’s time for you to latch on to something highly transmittable and genuinely rewarding: CONTAGIOUS OPTIMISM.
Learn how you can experience true happiness and fulfillment despite life’s greatest challenges as you read the stories of those who have chosen to see that glass half -full.
—Chloe JonPaul, author of This Business of Children

"Reading Contagious Optimism will allow you to appreciate and understand the principles that people of all races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds live by and have exhibited during their life’s adventures."
—Daniel P. Tully

"I consider myself a very positive person. Still, I learned a lot from the various authors in this book about
“Positive Forward Thinking.” I’m sure you will get a lot out of this book too. Why? Because it’s infectious. So buy this book and catch some optimism now!"
—Allen Klein, author of The Art of Living Joyfully

From the Back Cover

100 Habits of Highly Optimistic People

Where are you on your life journey? Do you want a different life, but aren't sure how to find it? How do you discover your passion? How do you take charge of your professional future?

Start using the lessons of Contagious Optimism to write your own "silver linings playbook." Contagious Optimism includes stories, advice, actions and insights from business leaders, visionaries, professionals and just plain folks. David Mezzapelle believes that we all have the capacity to make optimism contagious just by sharing our life's adventures, and he's found a group of unstoppable optimists who have made their lives exactly what they want them to be.

Learn to:

• Develop your talents through practice

• Become successful by turning the word "impossible" on its head

• Meet "The One" by becoming "The One"

• Build the brand that makes you you

...and much, much more.

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Customer Reviews

I have been touched by the heartfelt stories in Contagious Optimism.
Dee Cascio
It really is about perception, and CONTAGIOUS OPTIMISM helps us to better perceive what we are going through and what it means for us going forward.
Cyrus Webb
The book is well laid out with quotes and commentary interjected between chapters.
Nancy Ferrari

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Love VINE VOICE on June 12, 2013
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is so uplifting. Divided into categories so you can go to a specific section, this book offers stories, all short, of optimism that make you smile are so uplifting, altruistic, endearing, relational - so many hit home in different ways. We live in a world where the news is negative and it is discussed over and over again. Get this book, all the proceeds go to charities by the way, read it from front to back and then use it as a reference when a specific area of your life needs to have a little more light shining in it. It's a quick read, it's a fabulous book, I dare say it would convert the most pessimistic of people. This is the first in a series and I cannot wait to see what the next book will bring. Inspiring and thought provoking - kudos to David Mezzapelle, I wholeheartedly give it a A+++++. I will be giving this book as a gift to many - don't forget to gift yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danica on June 5, 2013
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In this ugly world of bullying, war and drive-by shootings, how divine to read stories about ordinary people who discover that dealing with difficult issues can be easier if one maintains a positive attitude. This book gives me hope that this world is still filled with amazing people. I read the book once and have started re-reading it again! Love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberlee Turko on June 19, 2013
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This is an uplifting and encouraging compilation of writing that makes you feel hopeful. I loved being able to almost connect with each co author through their powerful stories. Truly a contagiously optimistic book and I hope there are more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dee Cascio on June 19, 2013
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I have been touched by the heartfelt stories in Contagious Optimism. It takes a lot of courage to share some of the life chanllenges that the writers have faced and the way they have persevered with determination, optimism and hope for a positive outcome. Because the authors come from all walks of life,there are many topics and life events that are found in C. O. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for support, wants to build a reserve of contagious optimism or is looking for an uplifting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chloe Jon Paul on June 19, 2013
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This magnificent book is being put into the hands of people I know who are experiencing difficult times.
I've already sent out 7 copies!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Diano on June 16, 2013
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I had the pleasure of dining with David several years ago in Florida. He's a very impressive individual. I am fortunate to also know some of the folks who contributed to CO All outstanding folks.

CO is very uplifting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By melody on June 19, 2013
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This book is awesome. It inspires and motivates you to be the best that you can be. With so much negativity today, it is nice to have someone like David bless the world with positive stories. Many people are "stuck on start." They are always going to do something about making a change, but never get past start. These stories show you can go forward regardless of the situation. It touches on many issues people are having and perhaps you can find the answer to something that is going on in your life right now. There is good advice on health and fitness and relationships. I have told a lot of people about this book. Many of them have purchased it. I pray it will become #1 bestseller. Thank you so much David. Looking forward to the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on June 21, 2013
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Stories are uplifting and challenging I'd recommend the book to friends and family. There are stories for whatever circumstances life can hand out and the individual's struggle through those situations and their hindsight on the other side is brighter and stronger. Good read.
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