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articles by: Jurriaan Kamp

Why ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ is for Pessimists

Many years ago, while I lived in India, I discovered that misery—and the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is quite often a relative issue. It pained me to see the poor women with babies …

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Are You Resilient? You’re Probably a Pessimist

There’s a beautiful word that lies at the root of the lifestyle of the optimist: Resilience. "The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties," says one definition. The point is that shit happen…

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Do You Belong?

An important driver for a lifestyle of optimism is a sense of purpose. There’s much truth in Nietzche’s “if you know the why, you can live any how.” Ultimately, what creates purpose is the experien…

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The World is a Better Place Than You Think

I worked for many years in the newsroom of a newspaper. I had a great and exciting time. Newsrooms are pretty much the places you see in movies or television shows. There’s always action and it’s a gr…

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Are You An Optimist? Take the Test

Psychologists have been using a simple test—the Life Orientation Test — for years to find out. The same test has been featured in most of the research done on the relationship between optimism and pes…

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How Optimism Helps You Face Reality

Psychiatrists and therapists tend to advise people to "face reality" and accept whatever problems the world presents to them. According to this view, denial reflects repression. And repression can lea…

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Are Your Symptoms the Key to Getting Healthy?

Don’t eliminate your symptoms; embrace them. "Illness knows only one goal — to make us whole." So says European doctor Ruediger Dahlke, co-author of The Healing Power of Illness, a book that makes …

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Beyond ‘Pollyanna’ Optimism

All that most people know about Pollyanna is that calling someone that name is not a good thing. It is an effective way to discourage someone from undertaking something overly optimistic. The referenc…

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Are We Making Ourselves Sick — And How Do We Get Better?

Thirty years ago, a young German physician named Rüdiger Dahlke published a remarkable book. "This is an uncomfortable book" were the first words of the preface. Indeed it is. The book, The Healing Po…

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Can Energy Medicine Help Us Live Longer?

What if we could stop chasing cures for chronic health issues and learn how to heal and rebuild our own bodies? Alberto Villoldo was already on the trail of energy medicine when he traded in a lab coa…

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