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By Laurence Shorter

By way of undesirable information, we’ve by no means had it so good.

Laurence Shorter is feeling frightened. whenever he opens a newspaper or activates the radio he reveals one more reason to be tearful. It’s time to make a metamorphosis. It’s time to be optimistic!

His plan is easy:
1. how to bounce away from bed within the morning.
2. safe own happiness.
3. store the world.

The Optimist charts Shorter’s bold, year-long, foreign quest to search out the world’s such a lot confident thinkers, together with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jung Chang, Matthieu Ricard, California’s well known browsing Rabbi, and invoice Clinton. yet optimism doesn’t come effortless, and Shorter’s get to the bottom of is validated at each nook: via a flagging profession, a afflicted love affair, and his ever-pessimistic dad.

The Optimist is a hilarious and eventually life-affirming stand opposed to the grind of daily strife, jam-packed with purposes to be pleased.

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I had a sneaking feeling Tim had given me short shrift. But THE OPTIMIST 33 he had done it so gallantly I couldn’t be sure. In my tummy I had the uncertain sensation you get after being ripped off by a very expert salesman. Tim hadn’t exactly endorsed my plan, but he had sent me away with a certain vague feeling of positivity. Someone knocked on my door and dropped a newspaper on the floor. I suddenly felt very alone. By the time I got to the airport it was late morning. Tourists sat in the departure lounge warming themselves in the autumn sun.

No wonder Elkington looked depressed. This delusion was highly developed. Best not to provoke such a person. Best just to leave. I stood up. ‘History makes you a bit more realistic,’ said the intellectual, holding out his hand. ‘Unless you’re determined to be romantic about it. ’ I smiled quickly and ran down the stairs. There was limited time for me to bring light into these miserable people’s lives. Right now I needed to find men who thought the same way I did, people who could actually help me turn the tide.

It was anyone who believed these untrue, deeply cynical things about the world. It was overwhelming to reflect on how pervasive these beliefs really were, but I was buoyed up by the knowledge that the world was secretly longing to be cured. In fact, it wasn’t out of the question that I would win the Nobel Peace Prize for this piece of work. Pessimism was like a virus, I concluded. The assumptions of pessimism – which were so addictive and convincing, so tempting for people to adopt – hopped from person to person, taking over their bodies and making them believe everything they read in the Daily Mail.

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