Where Science Meets Meaning

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

The science of hope and optimism.

Source: The Foresters, 1892

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”

— Alfred Tennyson

BUT . . .

a little pessimism helps keep you grounded

“Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults are pessimistic about the country’s future. This may not be all bad, though. Decades of research have found that positive thinking isn’t always so positive. In some cases, pessimists fare better than those with a sunnier disposition.”

The Power of Negative Thinking (The Atlantic)

Seeing the world only through rose-colored glasses — known as “optimism bias” — can have its drawbacks, such as:

– overestimating your capabilities
– taking unnecessary risks
– living in a bubble of naiveté
– overlooking very real dangers
– setting yourself up for disappointment

Where Does Faith Fit?

Researchers discuss the connection between faith and hope.

Just the data, please . . .

Hope on Screen

As part of a major research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the folks at Hope & Optimism held a short-film competition. Here’s the winner. Grab a tissue.

12 Great Movies about Hope

Babette’s Feast (1989) | Born into Brothels (2004) | The Bucket List (2007) | Children of Men (2006) | Erin Brockovich (2000) | In America (2002) | It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) | Life Is Beautiful (1997) | Ratatouille (2007) | Rocky (1976) | The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | Two Days, One Night (2014)