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  • Antidote to doom and gloom: Kamp shows that if you tune out the media’s focus on sensationalism and negativity and turn on your natural optimism, you’ll drop into a “real world” that’s richer than you ever imagined.
  • Renowned optimist: Author Jurriaan Kamp has been featured frequently in the international media as the publisher of The Intelligent Optimist, the leading magazine focusing on positive change.

The world isn’t coming to an end, contrary to what you may have heard, says Jurriaan Kamp. Certainly there’s upheaval and economic, political, and social instability, but the media’s near-exclusive focus on conflict and disaster means that the progress and everyday acts of brilliance taking place across the globe go unnoticed, which contributes to the sense that apocalypse is at hand.

Not only that, pessimism can be fatal: Kamp sites research showing that those who indulge in negative thinking are more likely to smoke, be overweight and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an increased risk of Parkinson’s. Meanwhile, evidence abounds that optimism—intelligent optimism, not a rose-colored-glasses brand of wishful thinking—is not only good for your mind, but your body too.

Kamp demonstrates that on the whole we’re living longer, becoming smarter, working less, and growing richer. Not only that, democracy is on the rise, and violence is declining. He explains how we can cultivate an outlook of informed optimism 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.”