Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Importance of Optimism and a Positive Attitude in Life - Larry Brilliant's TED Talk

"A bond was created
Doctors, health workers and volunteers from 30 different countries
of every race, religion, color, culture, and nation
worked together and fought alongside each other
fought against a common enemy
not against each other.
How can that not make you feel optimistic for the future?"

Doctor Larry Brilliant, Head of

Larry Brilliant, Head of gave this compelling talk about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet. He also presented his case for optimism in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

This talk was recorded in January 2007 at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford, in the United Kingdom. Be edified and inspired:

You can watch this talk, read reviews and download it at the TED web site.

All in all, the following underscores the importance of optimism and having a positive outlook in life.

This is from Jonathan Haidt's The Happiness Hypothesis:
“People who hold pervasive positive illusions about themselves, their abilities and their future prospects are mentally healthier, happier and better liked.”

Yeah, it's actually possible to be positive and optimistic in life.

Let us learn, share and continually seek to work towards a positive outcome in life's situations.


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