"I believe the world's in labour now and that we're giving birth to something new. And there are two views of what we're giving birth to.
"And one was Yeat's of a hundred years ago in which he asked, "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The pessimistic view.
"But very importantly, what I think it comes to the fore now is optimism and its importance. And there's no one better than, Julian of Norwich in 1365 in the middle of a black plague. Here's what she said. "He said, Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be distressed; but He said: Thou shalt not be overcome." And "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well."
"The black plague led directly to the Renaissance."
"All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well"
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Yoram Maaravi and Jeremy Jacobs research study of people over the age of 85 finds "that being optimistic continues to confer a survival benefit irrespective of advancing age." Yoram and Jeremy were examining the hypothesis that being optimistic at ages 85 and 90 is associated with improved survival.
Optimists Live Longer: Optimism and Longevity
Kay Clancy is co-editing Music for Optimism!
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Music for Optimism
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Renée Giarrusso is the author of "The Gift Mindset" - a book outlining 12 "gifts to lead and live a life of purpose, connection and contribution."
Gift Number 1 is "The Gift of Optimism"
Renée Giarrusso joined us online to talk about the gifts and, most importantly, to talk about the gift of optimism. The panel included Project Optimism's Jenny Boymal and Noirin Mosley, PWN's AManda Noz and The Centre for Optimism's Victor Perton and Jeff-Kerr-Bell.
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