Women who reported themselves to have high levels of optimism lived longer on average.
According to a recent study, optimists were more likely to live into their nineties.
Solar panels have become increasingly common on homes as prices have fallen.
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Solutions already exist. What’s holding humanity back is the will to get past the status quo and embrace innovation.
Thomas Aquinas, Pope Innocent III and Italian mathematician Bonaventura Francesco Cavalieri.
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A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.
‘Who are you calling pessimistic?’
Superior optimism is often given as the reason why men earn more than women.
This study wanted to find whether believing your child is better at school than they actually are was detrimental or beneficial to the child’s academic success. Turns out, it actually helps.
Joe Biden during his inauguration speech on January 20, 2021 in Washington.
A textual analysis of Joe Biden’s inaugural speech reveals the main lines of his future communication, which will be marked by a clear break with that of his predecessor.
How do we find hope when times are bleak?
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A year of social disconnections, deaths, job losses and political violence may lead some people to feel overwhelmed and sad. A psychologist suggests ways to find and sustain hope.
Even though some people are being vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccines, most of us will need to deal with the stress of the pandemic for months to come.
Leading minds in behavioural and social sciences share perspectives on changes ahead and give advice how to make it through the pandemic.
Consider some science-backed ways to keep the home fires burning in 2022.
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Psychology studies suggest a variety of ways you can strengthen your bond and increase your satisfaction with your partner.
Optimists often assume that bad things won’t befall them – a dangerous outlook during the coronavirus pandemic.
Today’s genuine pessimism about America’s future has very old roots.
Think American democracy is ending? You’re not alone, writes a historian. American leaders have often yielded to despair – as far back as the founding of the republic.
Unless danger is flashing before us, we view risks through rose-colored glasses.
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Humans tend to downplay their own susceptibility to being harmed – an attitude of ‘it won’t happen to me’ that could be hindering the collective response to the pandemic.
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The more humans seek happiness, the more it can elude them. In exploring this conundrum, a Nigerian novelist spoke with everyday people in his country, finding the coexistence of hope and deprivation.
Providing optimism in the face of environmental reality can help people stay aware and hopeful for a positive outcome.
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When it comes to environmental activism, optimism is key.
A positive outlook is great – but it can lead to some ill judged start up ideas.
‘I used to love this track.’
Being nostalgic about the past is linked to optimism about the future.
Little kids have a tendency to look on the bright side.
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Human beings seem to be born wearing rose-colored glasses. Psychologists are interested in how this bias toward the positive works in the very young – and how it fades over time.
The more you like someone, the more optimistic you are for them.
Study challenges our understanding of optimism as being a self-centered phenomenon.
It’s exam time. Research suggests that while some students will be pleasantly surprised by how they did on exams, a larger group will falsely believe they did much better on their exams than they did.
Research shows that many students are excessively optimistic about course grades. Those with a stronger sense of personal control are also less likely to receive the grades they expect.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren’t known for their positivity, but ‘solarpunks’ are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.