iOS app Android app

Optimism Bias

How To Be Optimistic, According To Science

The Week | Eric Barker | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

Should you see a glass as half empty or half full? If you want to live a better life, and you care what research has to say, there's a clear answer to...

Putting the Disaster in Natural Disasters: Why Many Choose to Live in Harm's Way

David Ropeik | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

As extreme weather events seem to be increasing around the world, changes consistent with the kinds of things climate change is predicted to cause, ma...

Make Solutions, Not Problems

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Marian Salzman

It's hard to find people who think negativity is a good thing. But if negativity is bad, why is there so much of it? Why is it so popular? There's growing evidence that our interest in negativity isn't just a nasty habit created by media and politicians; it's part of the way our brains work.

Will the Future Be As Bright As You Think?

Tom Huston | Posted 07.17.2012 | Science
Tom Huston

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? When you've eaten all the whipped cream and upper midsection of your Venti Soy Mocha Frappuccino, is that cup half empty or is it half full of stuff you probably shouldn't be drinking at the start of your day?

Thinking, Fast and Slow... About Staying Alive -- What's Missing From Kahneman's Classic

David Ropeik | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
David Ropeik

If you want to know what goes on in your brain as you "think", and you can only read one of the flood of recent books on the subject, you can not do better than Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Is This Glass Half Full?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Pessimism can be bad for your health, and it could lead to heart disease and strokes. You may not be able turn to yourself into a whistling, wide-eyed optimist, but it is worth the effort to shed yourself of cynical hostility.

The Optimism Bias

TIME | TALI SHAROT | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living

By Tali Sharot While the past few years have seen important advances in the neuroscience of optimism, one enduring puzzle remained. How is it that ...