The world is not coming to an
end soon, despite what you may have heard and continue to hear everywhere.
Jurriaan Kamp argues that there are reasons to be positive and that, contrary
to what the media says, the world is slowly and incrementally getting better.
Not only that, but there is solid evidence that optimism—intelligent optimism,
not rose-colored glasses wishful thinking—is good for your body and mind too.
Certainly there is upheaval and economic, political, and
social instability, but the near-exclusive focus on negative developments means
that progress too often goes unnoticed, which just contributes to a general
sense of pessimism. And pessimism can be fatal: Kamp cites research showing
that pessimists are more likely to smoke, be overweight, have high blood
pressure, suffer from high cholesterol, and have an increased risk of
Kamp demonstrates that, believe it or not, on the whole
we’re living longer, becoming smarter, and working less, and that wealth is
increasing, democracy is on the rise, and violence is on the decline. He explains
how we can cultivate an informed optimistic outlook that will make our lives
and the world better. Because, as he quotes Helen Keller, “No pessimist ever
discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new
doorway for the human spirit.” Download and start listening now!