March 3, 2004 | By: Haven Miller

As a strong believer in the power of optimism, Sam Quick knows that people must learn to see beyond the negativity that confronts them daily.

“Even though it may not look like it now, we are beginning, more and more powerfully, to counteract the negativity so easily visible in our society. It’s happening from the inside out in the hearts and souls of increasing numbers of people all over the world,” said Quick, professor and Human Development Specialist with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

In his quest to help strengthen this slowly growing positive momentum, Quick joined with UK Cooperative Extension colleagues Carole Gnatuk, Alex Lesueur and others to create a free, research-based curriculum for the public that teaches a set of life skills that are foundational to individual and collective success in any arena.

The result is a just-released Web-based program titled “A World of Possibilities: Skills for Creating Happiness and Blessing Others.” The program offers a set of core skills that apply to nearly every area of life.

“Mastering these skills enables the user to be calmer, happier, more energetic, and more effective,” he said. “The learning modules help a person become a better citizen, parent, spouse, partner, friend, or co-worker—better at just about anything.

Among the 10 learning modules are such topics as “Your Vision Map,” “Making the Growth Choice,” “The Way of Peace,” “The Freedom of Self-Discipline,” and “Unleashing Your Creativity” to name only a few.

Short “Flash” movies created by Shamick Gaworski and Henrietta Ritchie provide an effective introduction to the series. To view them you can go to the following Web address and click on either “Your Vision Map” or “Making the Growth Choice.”

The homepage for “A World of Possibilities” can be found at:

“Together we can create a world where all people enjoy optimal well-being,” Quick said. “It won’t happen overnight, but it can be done. It starts in your heart and my heart, believing in unimagined possibilities and marshalling our resources of compassion, enthusiasm, and love.”



Source: Sam Quick, 859-257-7759