UntitledContagious Optimism LIVE is a suite of uplifting and motivational talks by real people from around the globe along with coauthors from the bestselling Contagious Optimism book series. The purpose is to foster inspiration and to help people find their own silver linings—all bundled into a fun afternoon and evening.

We have had two events already: April 4th, 2014 and October 11th, 2014. David Mezzapelle personally funded these events along with tickets sales and some sponsorship monies we received. We are looking to raise capital in order to launch our 2015 event season and to help fund the cost of marketing and promotion to beef up sponsorship sales.

We are tremendously grateful for your support so far; we are nothing without you, and we hope to have your continued support!

Thanks,

The Contagious Optimism Team

 

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Sherry Hursey is an American actress known for her recurring role as Ilene Markham on the sitcom “Home Improvement.” She also appeared in the movie “Bring it On” and the shows “Happy Days” and “Days of Our Lives.”

Sherry will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Joachim De Posada speaks both English and Spanish and has a Ph.D in psychology. He has enlightened and entertained audiences in more than 60 nations. He was declared the Most Distinguished Hispanic Speaker by the Latino Speakers Bureau and has been recognized as one of America’s 25 Hot Speakers by the National Speakers Association in 2009. He is also the author of “Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet!”

Dr. Joachim De Posada will speak at Contagious Optimism LIVE!, a daylong event with inspirational talks, music, and entertainment. Contagious Optimism LIVE! is taking place at Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society on the Jupiter campus on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes a reception following the event. Group discounts are also available. All attendees will receive a free copy of the  bestselling book, “Contagious Optimism.”

Get more information by visiting http://www.contagiousoptimismlive.com, and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.

Exciting announcements

December 26, 2013

A couple of months ago, we posted a picture of David Mezzapelle on location with Smile TV in Los Angeles. Smile TV was working on our media reel and now it’s finished! Check out the video below and see how the “Contagious Optimism” movement is spreading across the country.

And here’s more good news:

We are happy to announce the title for the next volume of “Contagious Optimism”:

10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People

Power Your Life With the Positive

Stay tuned for more! We hope you’re having a great time with friends and family during this holiday season.

happy-new-year-photo-cards-wallpapers-2014-096As we head into the holiday season and prepare ourselves for the new year, we reflect on everything that had happened to us. We are sure that you are smiling widely at some memories. We are sure that you are cringing at some not-so-fond memories.

But relax: Many people, including David Mezzapelle of “Contagious Optimism,” think there are so many reasons why we should look forward to 2014. Skip to number 20 for David’s message, or enjoy yourself and click through slides from people like Mitch Albom (author of “Tuesdays with Morrie”), Dr. Sanjay Gupta (medical correspondent for CNN) and Wally Lamb (author of “She’s Come Undone,” which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club).

This feature is published in the January 2014 edition of “Reader’s Digest.”

Today’s the day

June 15, 2013

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“Contagious Optimism” is officially released! Buy a copy here.

To wrap up our daily excerpts from co-authors, here are  a few words of reflection from David Mezzapelle on the “Contagious Optimism” experience:

As you can see, we all have stories.  What you may consider boring or uneventful is actually inspirational and motivational to others around the world.

Harvesting stories over the past three years, and continuing to do so today, has been a labor of love.  Meeting with people and hearing their stories of perseverance is not only inspirational and supportive of this project, but it is also educational in the wisdom it generates for our readers.  When you read stories of how others have overcome obstacles and made it through many of life’s challenges, you realize that anything is possible with optimism and effort.

Both my team and I have had the benefit of connecting with people of all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the world.  It is humbling and something we never want to stop doing.  When we visit schools, senior living communities, villages, clubs, religious groups, support organizations, or anywhere else, we are constantly welcomed. People are excited to share their stories and they are excited to take part in spreading optimism.

Now that volume one is published on a global scale, we are looking forward to releasing additional volumes at a rate of one every nine to 12 months.

So, consider sharing your stories and remember: we are all naturally mentors just by the sheer impressions of our footsteps.

Journeying by train

June 14, 2013

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Meet Mona Tippins.

Mona wanted to be remembered for something unique. A “bucket list” did not appeal to her, and her award-winning pineapple upside down cake was not enough. So she decided that she wanted to combine her love of train travel with a world record.  And she did it!  She traveled through 33 countries by rail and never traversed the same place twice.  Her mileage was enough to have circled the globe three and one-fifth times.

By age 65, Mona made it into the “Guinness World Records” and still holds the record today.

Image from  Scott Calleja