HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Scientists tell us optimistic
people are happier, healthier and even live longer than pessimists. But
it's hard to maintain an optimistic frame of mind in the face of daily
reports of war, famine, disease and injustice. In this hour of To the
Best of Our Knowledge, evidence that the world is actually better
off than you'd think from reading the news lessons in optimism,
and the science of happiness.
Danny Wallace decided to
say "yes" to everything for a year. He tells Steve Paulson
why, and what happened, and that he has no regrets, even if he found
himself in some strange places, like a gay leather bar in Amsterdam.
His book about the experiment in relentless positivity is called "Yes
Man." Also Nicole-Anne Boyer is a strategic foresight specialist
who helps clients come up with realistic projections of the future.
She tells Steve Paulson that violent conflicts have actually dramatically
decreased since the end of the Cold War, but people are reluctant to
believe it. And she gives him an example of scenario planning in South
Africa. Boyer writes for WorldChanging.com.
Rob Brezny is a poet, musician,
astrologer and the author of "Pronoia Is the Antidote to Paranoia."
He tells Anne Strainchamps that pronoia sees the world as fundamentally
friendly and conspiring to shower you in blessings. Brezny shares some
of his meditations and reasons for preaching the values and virtues
of pronoia. Also, Darrin McMahon is the author of "Happiness:
A History." He tells Jim Fleming the Founding Fathers equated happiness
with virtue while the modern idea tends to equate happiness with pleasure.
Music critic Bill Friskics-Warren
is the author of "I'll Take You There: Pop Music and the Urge for
Transcendence." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about the spiritual
aide of popular music. And we hear lots of musical examples.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-04-16-A.
- Rob Brezsny, Pronoia
is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower
You with Blessings (Frog, Ltd.; ISBN: 1583941231)
- Bill Friskics-Warren, I'll Take You There:
Pop Music and the Urge for Transcendence (Continuum International
Publishing Group; ISBN: 0826417000)
- Darrin M. McMahon, Happiness:
a history (Atlantic; ISBN: 0871138867)
- Danny Wallace, Yes Man
(Simon Spotlight; ISBN: 1416900667)
- --"The Join Me Song"/
courtesy of Danny Wallace and Penguin Books.
- "I'd Love to the Change the
World"/ Ten Years After, on the CD "The
Essential Ten Years After Collection" (Chrysalis)
- That's A-Plenty"/ Jethro Burns
from the CD, "Acoustic Disc 100% Handmade
Music, vol. II" ( Dawg Productions, David Grisman)
- "You Taste Delicious" / Rob Brezsny.
(Available as an MP3 file on Rob's
- "Sunny Side of Life"/
Front Range, on the CD "Back to Red River (SH-3811)
- "Dweller On The Threshold"/Van
from the CD, The Best of Van Morrison (Polydor/Pgd)
- " Listen To The Lion"/Van
from the CD, "Saint Dominic's Preview" (Polydor/Pgd)
- "How Can You Mend A Broken
from the CD, "Notting Hill: Music from the Motion Picture"
- "Anarchy In The U.K."/The
from the CD, "Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols"
- "I Still Haven't Found What
I'm Looking For"/U2
from the CD, "U2 - The Best of 1980 - 1990") (Island)
- "Keep on the Sunny Side"/The Whites
from the CD, "O, Brother Where Art Thou?"
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