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The Case For Optimism

When the future is uncertain, how should we respond? Are we wired to be positive? Or are there real reasons to be optimistic? This hour, TED speakers explore why they believe the future is bright.

"I have come around to a very optimistic view that we are winning and ... we will ultimately prevail" – Al Gore Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED hide caption

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Should We Feel Optimistic ... About Climate Change?
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"There is a huge power – a huge effect – in even one positive act." – John Hunter James Duncan Davidson/ James Duncan Davidson / TED hide caption

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How Can We Teach Children To Create A Hopeful Future?
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"In all, optimism has lots of benefits. But the question that was really confusing to me was, how do we maintain optimism in the face of reality?" James Duncan Davidson/James Duncan Davidson / TED hide caption

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Are We Natural Optimists?
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"I think optimism is a form of resistance. Tupac talks about roses growing out of concrete. That is optimism." – Birdsong Marla Aufmuth/Marla Aufmuth / TED hide caption

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How Can We Reframe Negative Narratives About Poverty?
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"I hold this penny in the palm of my hand, and it's sticky and rusty, but it feels like I'm holding a fortune." Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash / TED hide caption

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Is Optimism Simply A Matter Of Perspective?
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"Optimism blended with courage to face the changes now necessary is just a mature and healthy way of approaching the future." – Al Gore Bret Hartman/Bret Hartman / TED hide caption

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Are There Reasons To Be Optimistic About Climate Change?
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