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Editor’s note: John Zakour’s “Positive Vibes” returns to its regular Thursday slot next week.

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We are now accelerating into the holiday season. Of course, Hallmark has been showing Christmas movies for months now (basically the same three plots with different, really good-looking people). Plus, the stores have had Christmas decorations alongside the Halloween candy and decorations. Bu…

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I’m a few weeks short of turning 64. I’m already getting notices about Social Security and Medicare and other senior things. But I’m a strong believer in “you’re as old as you think you are.”

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I’ve mentioned pickleball a few times in this column. I kind of assumed that most people these days know what pickleball is. After all, pickleball is, according to some, “the fastest-growing sport in the nation.”

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It’s a very positive thing to think about and express gratitude to those people or organizations in your life for which you are grateful. Reflecting on what we are grateful for and expressing it can make us feel better.

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I’ve mentioned this before, but a new string of Progressive Insurance commercials has gotten under my skin. These are the commercials where Dr. Rick helps young home insurance owners to not turn into their parents. I admit these commercials are funny. They certainly hit very close to home, a…

I’m a positive guy, hence the reason I write this column. But even I have “down times.” After all, there is nothing wrong being down now and then. In fact, it’s very human. I believe that most of the time we can feel what we choose to feel, and sometimes we choose to feel down; often that’s …

As a positivity guy I’m suppose to be helpful, positive and mindful. I think I’ve got the first two covered. The third? Not so much.

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Well now, last Thursday was an interesting day. My wife and I needed to go down to New Brunswick, N.J., to help our son move back to Buffalo. He had too much stuff for one car and not enough stuff to justify renting a U-Haul. That morning I received a text from my little sister in Boston:

Things are a bit crazy now to say the least. The United States has ended (mostly) its involvement in its longest war. To be blunt, though, there was no good way out of that mess, but we certainly could have done things better.

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I’ve touched on this topic before, but I wanted to revisit it as I feel it’s quite important in today’s world. One way to increase the scope of your happiness and to hopefully bridge the gap with others is to talk to strangers.

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I’m not remotely qualified to tell people how to protect others and themselves from a contagious virus. I once took a class in epidemiology 20 years ago, and I did less than stellar. I took another course where we spent part of a chapter on viruses and I remember thinking, “Dang, this is har…

I always look forward to the Olympics as it means two weeks of solid world-class sports. I think I can learn something while watching the Olympics. What I usually learn is: “Wow, these elite athletes play these sports WAY better than I could even dream of.” When the Olympians throw javelins,…

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Okay, first off, this one is going to be a little different than my normal slice-of-life, why-it’s-good-to-be-positive columns. I hope you will bear with me. I’ll be back with my normal column next week with positive vibes and little life suggestions or hints. But today I’m going to talk abo…

Despite having only three letters, “Yes” can be a very powerful and positive word. Obviously, it has a positive meaning as by saying “Yes” you are almost always agreeing to something or agreeing to do something. So that alone can have a nice positive effect on you.

If you’re a pet owner I’m sure this week’s column won’t be anything new or earth-shattering to you. Being honest I doubt my columns are ever really earth-shattering, life-changing reads. I do hope they are fun and informative and maybe make you smile and improve your day or life a little.

Last week was quite the week. By quite the week I mean I was like a living Murphy’s Law. Okay, that might be a bit of a “drama king” statement. The week wasn’t that bad, although some less-than-positive things happened.

A couple days ago I was driving down the street heading to Wegmans. The sun was shining, the sky was blue. I felt good as a I sang away to ‘70s tunes on the radio. Then it happened. Out of nowhere, a car shot down a cross street and then seemingly ignoring me, darted out in front of me. My f…

After two weeks of talking about flaws and learning from failure I thought now would be a good time to list and talk about some of things I’m good at. It can be rewarding to remind yourself now and then that you do have some skills!

I mentioned this before, but it can be very soothing and placating to admit and maybe even embrace the things you have trouble with. This can be especially therapeutic if you own up to them and try to find the humor in them. What could be a better way to own up to my own “weaknesses” by list…

Everybody fails! Everybody! To quote Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s why I succeed.”

Social media, which allows connecting everything to everything else, is undeniably life changing (Please note: “life changing” is not always a positive thing, usually it’s a mixed bag). The great thing about social media is it pretty much gives anybody a voice. The bad thing about social med…

There’s certainly a lot of positive power in humor. That’s why I really appreciate and enjoy the Progressive Insurance commercials where the expert “Dr. Rick” helps prevent new homeowners from becoming their parents. If you haven’t seen this series of commercials, it basically entails Dr. Ri…

Let me start by saying COVID-19 really (pardon my English) SUCKS. It sucks like Dyson vacuum cleaners suck. It’s played a lot of havoc with the world. Handshakes may be gone forever. Certainly, towel people and line judges are gone from pro tennis forever, which isn’t a bad thing unless of c…

Last weekend my son was home visiting and we got talking. He said something in Spanish that reminded me of our time living in Costa Rica. Our son was actually born there even though we moved back to the States before he was 2. (And truth be told, neither of us really speak Spanish.)

As I sit here writing this story, I also am living it. I’m leaving a note to myself and also asking Siri to remind me to: “Pick up Olga at 4:50.” This is because of something I really messed up two weeks ago. My wife, Olga, teaches on the Cornell campus on Thursdays and Fridays. On those day…

Showing gratitude to others can make you and the recipient of that gratitude happier. Knowing that, I figured I might as well show my gratitude in a very public way and then see how I feel.

Every once in a while, at a convention in San Diego or New York City, when people learn I live in Geneva, NY they look at me and then ask, “Ah, why?” I tell them, “Much like singer John Cougar Mellencamp I grew up in a small town. He brought a lovely LA lady to his small town. I brought a lo…

I was born in Central NY. I went to undergrad in Northern NY. Outside of a few years in Costa Rica and the Central Valley of California I’ve lived most of my life in areas that call five inches of snow “just another Tuesday.” Yet despite all that, there are times during the winter I think, “…

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(Editor’s Note: Today we are introducing our newest regular local columnist, Genevan John Zakour. His “Positive Vibes” column will run every other Tuesday on the Opinion Page).