Created to inspire, tool and fuel the practice of being optimistic. Something that takes work, especially right now. Based in science, but kept human. Presented by Dr Drea Letamendi and Tom Johnstone.
Talking with a Frontline Optimist - Todd Stashwick
Actor and improv artist Todd Stashwick, self confessed purveyor of all things geeky, and Tiki aficionado, firmly believes that practical optimism, or as he refers to it, intentional positivity, can solve most of the problems we face in our lives. In this episode Todd discusses his 'optimism operating system' with co-hosts Dr Drea and Tom, a system rooted in a very practical Mid-Western Lutheran upbringing, shaped by a life of repeated rejections in the acting world, and illuminated by the insights of Alan Watts, the importance of play and getting right back up after being 'kicked in the optimism balls'.
It can be hard to recognise when you need to stop what you're doing and take rest, especially when people are relying on you; and particularly during these times. Ours is a society which celebrates overt displays of productivity; 'doing nothing' is seen as being lazy, work-shy or anti-social. Dr Drea and Tom explore the notion of active rest, and rest as resistance.
Talking with a frontline Optimist - Christine Adams
Christine Adams is an actor, currently playing a lead role in CW's television series 'Black Lightning'. It's clear that working as an actor takes resilience, but it's her other life, that of a political activist and founder of a non-profit, set up to get the vote out in Georgia, that best demonstrates the depths of her gritty optimism. Her belief that if we take action, we can make meaningful change happen. A beautiful take on seizing small moments of joy amidst all the madness, and not turning away from the inequities we see around us every day, no matter where we are.
Celebrating the small wins
It is easy to lose sight of the progress we are making as we work towards goals, whatever they may be; to lose heart because aren’t happening as quickly or as radically as we might have hoped. In this microcast, Dr Drea suggests that we pay more attention to what we are actually achieving, taking time to celebrate the small wins as a way to set ourselves up for long term success.
Most of us make resolutions for the year ahead, and this year many of us doubled down, only to be find that by the end of January they lay in tatters by the empty pizza boxes and bottles; meditation apps floating untouched in the Cloud. In this practical micro-cast, Dr Drea Letamendi ask us to consider setting goals and intentions instead, as a way to bring about meaningful, long-term positive changes and a sense of achievement.
We are all Optimists in Progress
In this first episode of Optimist in Progress, host, and co-founder of Optimist Drinks, Tom Johnstone, interviews his co-host, Dr Drea Letamendi, clinical psychologist and superhero fan, about her mission to bring conversations around mental health to a broader audience. The shared intentions of Optimist in Progress fit neatly into her masterplan, and 2021 could well prove to be the Year of the Optimist.