Hope Springs Eternal

April 22, 2007
(was 04.16.2006)

Scientists tell us optimistic people are happier, healthier and even live longer than pessimists.  But it's hard to maintain an optimistic frame of mind in the face of daily reports of war, famine, disease and injustice.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, evidence that the world is actually better off than you'd think from reading the news – lessons in optimism, and the science of happiness.

  1. Danny Wallace on "Yes Man"

    Danny Wallace decided to say “yes” to everything for a year. He tells Steve Paulson why, and what happened...

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  2. Nicole-Anne Boyer on World Changing

    Nicole-Anne Boyer is a strategic foresight specialist who helps clients come up with realistic projections of the future. She tells Steve Paulson that violent conflicts have actually dramatically decreased since the end of the Cold War...

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  3. Rob Brezsny on Pronoia

    Rob Brezsny is a poet, musician, astrologer and the author of “Pronoia Is the Antidote to Paranoia.” He tells Anne Strainchamps that pronoia sees the world as fundamentally friendly...

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  4. Darrin McMahon on "Happiness: A History"

    Darrin McMahon is the author of “Happiness: A History.” He tells Jim Fleming the Founding Fathers equated happiness with virtue...

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  5. Bill Friskics-Warren on Spiritual Pop

    Music critic Bill Friskics-Warren is the author of “I’ll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence.” He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the spiritual aide of popular music.

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