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!


The Contagious Optimism Team


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.”

Mezzapelle in Milwaukee

October 8, 2013


From NBC Milwaukee’s “The Morning Blend” show

Author David Mezzapelle recently appeared on NBC Milwaukee’s “The Morning Blend” show.

David talked about his life experience and how he was inspired to start “Contagious Optimism.” When asked why optimism is so important, he said that it allows us to live “with the confidence that tomorrow will be better.”

Check out the full video here.

Can’t get enough of David? He and a few awesome co-authors will host a book signing at Boswell Books in Milwaukee on Oct. 8 and on Oct. 11 at Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Stop by and learn more about making optimism contagious.

JUPITER, FL., April 18, 2013 — Contagious Optimism author David Mezzapelle gives a powerful talk at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) auditorium. Click here to listen.

Fort Lauderdale, FL., April 22, 2013 — Contagious Optimism author David Mezzapelle was a guest on radio 1040WLBJ and the Aging Younger Radio Show. Click here to listen.