Friday, January 04, 2013
Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s also a scientific phenomenon that ties into human evolution and survival. Professor Tali Sharot explains why humans have a tendency to look on the bright side, even when all evidence suggests we shouldn’t.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Oliver Burkeman discusses how our constant effort to eliminate the negative can cause us to feel anxious, insecure, and unhappy. In The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Burkeman talks to life coaches, maverick security experts, and “backwards” business gurus, who suggest that happiness and success can come from embracing things we spend our lives trying to avoid.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Longtime Newsweek columnist and The Rage of a Privileged Class author Ellis Cose talks about the optimism of young African Americans, which he discusses in his new book, The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Just before the 2010 Midterm Elections, a CBS News poll found that black Americans were more likely than whites to express optimism about the economy. And while nearly 50 percent of black Americans thought America’s next generation would be better off, only 16 percent of white Americans thought the same.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Barbara Ehrenreich, journalist, activist and author of Nickel and Dimed and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, discusses the current mood in the country and what she sees as an unwarranted obsession with optimism.