Throughout history, many great books have been written about the decline of the West, environmental catastrophes and climate change. Here are five books Pinker recommends to change the way you see the world and leverage the power of optimism:. Ronald Bailey challenges the growing fear of imminent environmental doom by offering a comforting and refreshing perspective on the issue. Get The End of Doom here.
Five Books That Will Transform You Into An Optimist
Is there anything that separates them from each other? What's the differences of a realist, optimist and a pessimist? A realist sees the world for what it is, not harshly or positively.
Optimism usually is viewed as a desirable attribute, but many believe it is really only helpful if it is realistic. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association and legendary researcher in the field of optimism, discovered that optimism or pessimism lies in the way you explain the events that happen to you. Unrealistic optimism is defined as believing that you are more likely to experience pleasant events than is actually the case, and less likely than others to experience negative ones. It can keep you from being able to change direction when you are unable to see the trouble that lies ahead. Pessimists tend to believe that bad situations are their fault, will always happen to them and will affect everything in their life.