Beating the 'Long Shot'

Stephanie Livingston will discuss her new book "Long Shot: Beating the Odds to Love and Happiness" at the Michigan City Public Library on Sunday.

MICHIGAN CITY — Studies show that optimism (glass-half-full) is related to longevity and better health outcomes; whereas pessimism (glass-half-empty) and loneliness have the opposite effect, said author and clinical psychologist Stephanie Livingston.

Livingston will be holding a book signing at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E 4th St., on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. She will be introducing her new book "Long Shot: Beating the Odds to Love and Happiness" and autographing copies. She lives with her husband and has a practice in Michigan City.

According to Livingstong, if you want to live a healthier and longer life, strolling down the aisle may be your ticket to love and happiness. Despite the high divorce and never-married rates in the United States, the mental and physical health benefits of marriage continue to emerge. “Loneliness kills—don’t grow old alone.”

In a press release from Livingston, she said she understands what it’s like to feel like you are in a race to the altar. You see all your friends and acquaintances experience their happy endings, and you are still stuck at the singles table. At this point in your life, you may feel like a Long Shot. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of the race yet! Livingston’s new guide is written specifically for Long Shots—women who are caught between optimism and pessimism in the dating scene. Long Shot helps you form effective, efficient strategies for finding a partner with whom you can be happy.

Stephanie Livingston, PhD, received her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago and has spent more than 25 years working as a clinical psychologist. Livingston held the positions of assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at The University of Chicago Medicine and director of behavioral medicine at Diamond Headache Clinic. She has been in full-time private practice since 1998 and has offices in Illinois and Indiana.

Livingston’s mind/body focus uses principles of health and positive psychology to not only relieve suffering but also to improve one’s performance in the areas of business, education, health, sports, entertainment and social life. In addition to her expertise as a psychologist, Livingston knows what it’s like to struggle with the dating scene. This experience has helped her understand how mind-set influences relationships and happiness. Livingston spent years living the single life, but now lives with her husband on a sustainable farm in Indiana. She loves playing tennis and golf, practicing karate, and gardening.

Are you a Long Shot? In this new guide by Livingston, Long Shots are women who are feeling the biological clock ticking in their dating life but are still hesitant about the dating scene. They may not be as young and carefree as “Fillies,” but they aren’t bitter and pessimistic like “Nags.” Long Shots believe that true love is still out there. They just don’t know how to find it.

Livingston is here to help.

According to her press release, she has both the professional and personal experience needed to advise others about building relationships. This new dating guide uses lessons rooted in clinical and positive psychology to explore just why you haven’t found Mr. Right. Before you can tackle the dating scene, you need to understand your true self and future goals. To extend the racing metaphor, it isn’t just about winning the race; it‘s about winning it the right way. Before you make your way to the altar, make sure you know exactly what you want in your relationship. Livingston’s advice, insight, and exercises make dating easier than ever!

Livingston teaches you how to:

• Spot unavailable men;

• Date at any age;

• Regain your optimism and excitement;

• Take responsibility for your love journey;

• Implement her eight-steps-in-eight-weeks program; and

• Understand which barriers are holding you back.

For more information, visit her website at, twitter: @longshotsara,

The book is available on Amazon. The paperback price is $15.99.

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